Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Arianna Diep Carver 3:45 Political science Martin Luther King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" and Civil Rights in America Martin Luther King wrote this essay not to pick a fight but to explain as a responds the criticism he received. In the beginning of the essay he said "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." This is what brought him to Birmingham so he could help the injustice of his race. He persuades his reader that his actions are just and that the law is unjust. He stood up for what he believed was moral and explained and provides facts of why he stands for his actions. He does not defend himself but defends his belief. He fought for the social injustice and tied this event to the Civil Rights Acts of 1968. Doctor Martin …show more content…

"Why direct action why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" He replies "justice too long delayed is justice denied." He uses the little girl and fun land to express the emotions of parents telling their children they do not allow colored people to enter. He also uses his extent knowledge to mention that they have waited 340 years for their constitution and god given right. And how his people are addressed outside in the streets as "nigger". He explained equality by connecting it to all humans no matter what the race and a universal justice. He uses powerful men from the past to help convince the reader of the injustice that is brought upon them through segregation. Men that are well respected followed throughout history. "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so.” - Thomas Jefferson. "An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law" - St. Thomas Aquinas. "This nation I cannot survive half slave and have free." - Abraham Lincoln. With all these quotes, Martin Luther persuaded his readers with men that were honored in history and respected by the people all over. Sayings that stayed more

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