Analysis Of Martin Luther King Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Andrew Zuniga 10/21/08 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail": Justifying Freedom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of several nonviolent organizations around the United States, writes a letter to the Clergymen of the church, from a prison cell in Birmingham, Alabama. He begins his letter with an offering saying that he will try to explain his actions. He claims that he is there in prison because he has organizational ties there and that he was invited. He is in Birmingham to resolve the unjust ways of the white people and to spread the word of freedom to all African Americans. His response to the Clergymen clarified that the protests for…show more content…
His letter claims that segregation damages the soul and ones personality. King says that any law that does this is an unjust law. Segregation has included church bombings, brutality in the police force against Negros, and the treatment of Negros in court. He also says that is time to take action against corruption and take a stand against what is unjust. King states that he is left with no choice when he says, "It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative(King.3). King’s “Constructive nonviolent tension” is an active method of confrontation that forces an offending community to confront their own crimes and social injustices. He wants Birmingham to confront it’s own bloody past. It is the same as an alcoholic having to admit his sickness before they go into treatment. Birmingham has to admit it has a problem before it can fix the problem. “Constructive nonviolent tension” helped the people of Birmingham by allowing the brutality
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