Essay about Martin Luther King 's The Letter From Birmingham Jail

835 Words Sep 13th, 2015 4 Pages
Through the Eyes of Martin Luther King In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, the writer, Martin Luther King, is thought to be addressing the clergymen of Birmingham, because of how he confronts more than one group of people. I believe he is addressing the entirety of one race, the whites of the world. “I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate” (470). He then goes on to describe the white moderate as people who prefer ‘a negative peace’, and constantly advises the blacks to ‘wait for a more convenient season’ (470). This alone is a great description of Dr. King’s feelings throughout the letter. It shows his aggressions and anger is directed toward the white people. Based on the time period of the letter, and what was happening during this time, it makes me believe even more that this letter was targeted toward the white people. Martin Luther King was all about equality. Anyone who heard or saw his name knew he was fighting for the rights of the black population. We know that Dr. King went to many different states and cities promoting equality. “Justice too long delayed is justice denied (467). We also know that not much progress was made until King wrote this letter. “Oppressed people cannot be oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro.” Throughout the letter the reoccurring theme seems to be that the black population was not treated like they thought they needed to be, equal.…

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