An Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King had many concepts that he based his life on and his fight for equality on. Each concept ultimately tide in with the Holy Bible in many ways, and was King’s idea of what this country was built on. Concepts such as justice, non-violence, equality, and freedom in King’s work greatly reflect what freedom and responsibility really mean. Dr. King was willing to sacrifice his time, family, and life for the greater good of the nation. And even though some of his beliefs fell deaf on some non-believers ears he ultimately sacrificed his all for the equality of the nation. Those are some big shoes to fill but I think if we all sacrifice some small things as a whole the nation will benefit. First of all, one of King’s biggest themes that he supported in his life was justice. In his letter, he says, “Beyond this, I am in Birmingham because injustice is…show more content…
King was an avid supporter of non-violence. King talks of non-violence in “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” when he says “We started having workshops on nonviolence and repeatedly asked ourselves the questions, “Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?” In this passage King is exhibiting the old biblical theme of turning the other cheek. In “The Holy Bible” Jesus said “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”(Matthew 5:39) Violence is a horrible thing to deal with and even witness. A sacrifice that I could make for the common good of the nation dealing with violence would be my pride. Many people have this sense of pride about their selves that enables them to turn the other cheek. If I put my pride to side in a heated situation, it could be resolved peacefully. I believe that pride is the key trigger to violence and if we all humbled ourselves to each other things could be handled without
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