Letter From The Birmingham Jail Essays

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In Martian Luther King Jr. “ Letter From the Birmingham Jail” he responds to clergy mean that criticized his actions. Dr. King was one of the top leaders of the civil rights movement. He organized many peaceful protest and sit-ins. They were always broken up by police and not peaceful done. Most participants unable to get away when the police started breaking up the protest got arrested for expressing their freedom of speech.
In the intro of the letter Dr. King begins to answer the clergymen of why he didn’t wait for the city administrators to act (King;par 1;pg79). The clergymen were hoping that Dr. King would wait for the city officials to make a change to the segregation laws down in Birmingham. He writes “through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” in which he is referring to the marches and protest King led to bring attention to the matter at hand that needed to be handled. With the marches led by King they were used to shedding light on the matter that segregation law where not being extinguished, King then mentions “ I have heard this word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity.”(King;par 2;pg79) When he says this he is referring to the fact that for years that African Americans have been told to wait but nothing has happened. There have been court cases like Brown vs Board of Ed. were you would believe things have been solved but yeah it was just a slight…

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