Essay on The Letter From Birmingham Jail

1168 Words Nov 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the “Letter From Birmingham Jail” as a means to reach out to the nation, as a whole, to address the issue of cruelty and injustice caused by racism in Birmingham. It is also intended directly for the eight clergymen who criticized his actions in Birmingham. It was there where Martin Luther King was arrested for protesting the mistreatment and segregation of African Americans within the community. While in jail he expressed his passion for change and defended his actions of non-violent protesting by writing “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. In this letter Martin Luther King, Jr. uses emotion, ethical and logical appeal to form support for his desire for racial justice and equality in our country in the 1960’s.

As mentioned in the letter, Martin Luther King was the president of an organization that focused on leadership in the civil rights movement, this organization is called the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Much like this organization, the letter he wrote was built on Christianity. At the time over 90% of the United States population identified themselves as Christians, that was including all races. This is why Martin Luther King uses biblical allusions to connect with the majority of the nation. For example, he uses biblical stories such as the mentioning of “early Christians who willingly faced hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks rather than submit to certain unjust laws of the roman empires” and examples…

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