Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail Essay

1077 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
In the 1950’s and 1960’s many American citizens were fighting for civil rights for African Americans. Among them was Martin Luther King Junior, who was thrown into jail for nonviolently protesting for his God given rights. Passionate and informative, Martin Luther King Junior’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” letter defends the actions of the protestors and inspires the clergymen and the rest of America to change their views on civil rights. Martin Luther King effectively validates his actions and urges the clergymen and the nation to form a brotherhood through his tone, rhetorical appeals, and rhetorical tools.
King’s ardent and illuminating tone justifies his actions and inspires a nation. He is defending his actions against the clergymen. King states that God is on their side throughout this battle, and he always has been: “We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands” (2). Moreover, he proclaims that he was thrown in jail for no apparent reason, so he uses this free time to write a wordy letter to elaborate his defensive argument. Furthermore, the protestors used moral means to defend injustices. King describes this as justified because “there is no greater treason than to do the right deed for the wrong reason” (2). What the protestors are doing is moral, unlike the police, whose actions are unforgivable. King also inspires a nation. He aspires for this great country to be powerful,…

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