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

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The beginning of slavery began in 1619 through 1865 when it was finally abolished. Abraham Lincoln fought for the freedom of slaves and he was succesiveful. Although slavery was abolished, violence, racism, and segregation was still about and affecting African Americans mentally and physically. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a well-known leader that took the torch and help end segregation in the United States, wrote the, “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” in 1963. King’s mixture of ethos and logos reflecting his ideals moral to unite all of white Americans against segregation.
King uses a mix of ethos and logos to express his idea of morality. For example, “Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups are more immoral than individuals” (5). King uses Reinhold Niebuhr as a credible source to explain his idea and logos because his thought is logical. He focuses on “group” and “individual” because whether there is a group or a mob, they are affected in a negative manner. For example whenever there is a fight at school, most of the people in the group will encourage them to fight instead of separating them which is immoral. It’s easier to go with the flow of the group than against the group. First of all, separating two people from a fight is almost impossible because not many will favor this decision. The one person who wants to stop the fight is troubled that the group will taunt him and bully…

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