Argument Essay Letter from Birmingham

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Fighting for Freedom In a “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr., King explains why he was in Birmingham. In 1963 King guided fifty-three African-Americans through Birmingham to protest for Civil Rights. King wrote this letter to answer a letter he had received from eight clergymen saying that, “such demonstrations were unwise, untimely, and extreme”. King replies to their letter from a Birmingham jail explaining why he was there and why all the actions that have taken place were necessary. In this letter Martin Luther King Jr. shows that he is there for his fellow people and justice. He states: “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” Kings letter also shows that these demonstrations were actually quite timely, appropriate, and impactful. When Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this letter he was well renowned as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He was known for his peaceful acts of protest and his powerful biblical style of speaking. When King gave his speeches his voice was strong and prevailing but the tone was calm and passionate. King was a very good speaker and knew how to convey his feelings or thoughts so everyone in his audience would relate. King did so by using all three rhetorical appeals: ethos, logos, and pathos. Using these strategies appealed to people’s ethics, logic, and emotions. The way King wrote this letter truly shows that he is there in Birmingham for his people. In the very beginning of his letter King says, “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond
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