Essay on Dr. Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

1548 Words Sep 16th, 2014 7 Pages
In Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, King was able to dissect the malicious acts that minorities universally have been enduring, emphasizing on distinct examples from Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. King was asked to come to Birmingham by his affiliates that were a part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference because of the injustice that was occurring in the city. King’s presence in Birmingham was not wanted by many because he was an “outsider” willing to take a lead and push for justice for minorities. King, a fan of Ghandi (Gier), followed his practice of nonviolence to create change for minorities. Although justice is and should be universal, using civil disobedience to create change was absolutely forbidden by the white power structure who consequently put Dr. King and many others into prison. Dr. King demonstrated civil disobedience through sit-ins and marches, trying to create justice for the minorities in Birmingham. Ultimately, civil disobedience and the push for justice had no affect on the white power structure of Birmingham, allowing King the time to reflect on the early Christians and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and their demonstrations using civil disobedience, the differences and affects of a just and unjust law, and the idea of being an extremist for justice in nonviolent ways. Dr. Kings emphasized his discussion of civil disobedience towards early Christians and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Civil disobedience is the refusal to…

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