Birmingham Letter

334 WordsMar 9, 20122 Pages
Summary of “Letter from Birmingham” Letter from Birmingham Jail, was written by Martin Luther King JR. in a noble attempt to respond to eight clergymen, who blatantly cast “criticism” about his involvement with the demonstrations in Birmingham Alabama (pg.203). During a time of hatred and racism, Mr. King was a leader, a pioneer, and a voice for truth. King starts his letter by addressing his purpose in Birmingham, Alabama stating he, “was invited here,” and has “organizational ties” as well (pg.204). He boldly claims, “Injustice is here,” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” (pg.204). King then goes into great detail attempting to shine light on his purpose, need, and goals for being in Birmingham saying, “The purpose of our direct action program is to create a situation so crisis packed,” he bravely continues, “that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation,” (pg.206). The “new” Birmingham administration, King says, “Must be prodded,” (pg.206). “We have not made a single gain,” King admits about civil rights, saying, “without determined legal and nonviolent pressure,” (pg.207). King speaks about laws and statutes with a belief that “All segregation laws are unjust,” (pg.208). It is “morally wrong and sinful,” King says, stating, “Sometimes a law is just on its face and,” he continues, “unjust in its application,” (pg.209). Then, King says he has been disappointed with the “White moderate” saying that he cannot “agree” with their “methods” of “direct action,” (pg.210). While King wrote this letter; his words, subtle yet so demanding, he claims, “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever,” (pg.213). “We will reach our goal of freedom in Birmingham,” King exclaims, stating that, “because the goal of America is freedom,” (pg.217). Finally King concludes his informative letter by saying, “Let us all hope the dark misunderstanding

More about Birmingham Letter

Open Document