Mlk's Letter

994 WordsNov 22, 20144 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr’s letter from Birmingham Jail On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther king jr, civil rights activists argued in his “letter from Birmingham jail” to the eight clergymen that racial segregation is unjust. Primarily, Dr. King wrote this letter in address to those eight leaders of the white church in the south, but instead the eight clergymen’s letter and the response from Dr. King was published to the public. In this letter Dr. King aimed on convincing the utility of his commitment in this particular area at this specific moment. In order to cause the reader to get a better understanding of the letter, Dr. King uses Aristotle’s three persuasive techniques which are ethos, pathos and logos. First off he appeals to his wisdom and reputation. Secondly, he aims on arousing emotions or sympathy towards the readers. And lastly he uses the appeal of logic, which was supported by evidence and citations from influential thinkers. Being the spokesperson of the African American community, Dr. King intension in his letter was to prove to his opponents that he had the authority to promote the civil rights cause on behalf of his community. An example that portrays Dr. King’s strategy can be seen in the second paragraph of his letter where he says “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference". Thus Dr. King then continues by reminding his interlocutors of his position of leadership in the religious community. This strategy hence allowed him to stand in the group of equal qualifications with the clergymen. In the third paragraph, King goes on by saying, “Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid." Here he compares himself to the prophet Paul who carried the gospel “to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world,” in that they both wanted freedom. He also states that he has the support of God so as

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