King's Message in "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
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This paper examines Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and argues that King goes beyond merely defending his position; this letter is also a plea for unity in action against bias and an exposing of the hypocrisy behind racism. The paper discusses how the letter can be read as a chance King took to voice his views and concerns not only on the hypocrisy of the people who remained quiet, but on the ways which individuals had of distancing themselves from the race tensions in America.
From the Paper:"Following the Montgomery bus boycott, many urban centres in the South experiences tensions and unrest. The largest Industrial city in the South, Birmingham, experienced some of the most significant and violent protest movements (Carson 85). Th Birmingham campaign, as it came to be called, played a key role in the creation and passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964(). Protestors sought to put pressure on the financial and industrial interests of Birmingham during Easter, a key season (Carson 86). Protestors hoped that ending separation in Birmingham would help end bias across the South and across America. At the same time that the protests were occurring, Birmingham was experiencing political woes. For some time, Birmingham had two individuals trying to hold the post of Commissioner of Public Safety, due to a dispute following municipal elections. Both Eugene "Bull" Connor and Albert Boutwell ran the office. Although both had separatist sentiments, Connor was considered far more militant (Young 94). When the protest campaign began, King voiced encouragement for those engaging in peaceful protests, such as sit-ins, marches and meetings (Young 93). On 10 April 1963, the Birmingham municipal government secured a court directive making all protests illegal (Raines 119). King and other leaders of the protest movement debated widely about the new measure, and eventually chose to disobey the law, as they felt the law was one created unjustly and for unfair purposes (Morris 95)."
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