Martin Luther King Letter From Birmingham Jail

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The Birmingham Campaign began on April 3, 1963, with coordinated marches and sit-ins against racism and racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. The non-violent campaign was coordinated by Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Martin Luther King was arrested by Police Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor. He was put in jail for civil disobedience during his campaign to end segregation and for demonstrating without a permit. While in jail, he wrote the letter in response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen, titled "A Call For Unity." This statement was made against Martin Luther King Jr.'s methods and expressed the belief that the battle against racial segregation should be fought only in the courts. This letter provoked Dr. King and he began to write his response on the newspaper itself. Dr. King wrote that, "This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.'”…show more content…
King went to Birmingham because the city was notorious for its violence against African Americans. There were eighteen unsolved bombings that had occurred over six years, and several Freedom Riders were hurt because of Bull Connor's, the then-governor, failure to station guards at the bus stations. Because of this, Dr. King felt that it was time for a change in Birmingham. Based on the letter, tit is important to create nonviolent tension because it is needed for growth. Dr. King believed that tension was necessary for all people to move past prejudisim and racism. However, this tension did not have to be violent in order to be
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