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Martin Luther King in Birmingham
Discusses the letter that this civil rights leader wrote to clergymen from his Birmingham prison cell.
# 27766 | 1,946 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US

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Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century. His pursuit of justice for African-Americans and humanity was unparalleled. On various occasions, Dr. King was imprisoned for his beliefs and his position on civil disobedience.
This paper examines Dr. King's letter to clergymen from the Birmingham City Jail. It examines why the letter was written and why King was in Birmingham. It also discusses Dr. King's stance on direct action, timing and just and unjust laws. Finally, the paper examines why Dr. King was dismayed by the conduct of some Blacks and the church during the civil rights era.

From the Paper:

"Dr. King wrote this letter to the clergymen of the city in response to criticism that he had received about his presence in the city. (King) Many of the clergy thought that the protest that King was engaging in was "unwise and untimely" King sought to explain to the clergymen why he felt that he actions were both necessary and unavoidable. (King) He seemed to hope that this letter would aid the men in understanding his actions.

In the letter, King explains that he was invited to Birmingham by an affiliate organization called the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. (King) King explains that as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference it was his duty to share staff, financial and educational resources with the affiliate organizations. In addition, King had come to the understanding that there were certain injustices being perpetuated upon Blacks in the city. He felt that these injustices needed to be examined and dealt with."

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