In the Letter From Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. creates a powerful response to a statements from eight white Alabama clergymen opposing his sit-ins and marches in Birmingham, Alabama. In the letter King is defending his peaceful demonstrations and stance on nonviolence. According to the clergymen, everyone should live life by common sense and by law and order and feel that the battle for integration should take place in the local and federal courts and not by breaking the law. King agrees to a point, but feels that there are just and unjust laws. He believes segregation laws are unjust because they negatively affect African Americans and make them inferior to white people. When negotiation fails, direct action is needed to establish creative tension and issues need to be dramatized so that they can no longer be ignored. This is why he organizes a peaceful direct action parade and protest which helps advance the Civil Rights Movement. He is arrested on the charge of violating Alabama’s law against mass public demonstrations and this letter is written while he is in the Birmingham jail. King uses many different types of literature devices in his letter. He uses imagery, biblical references, repetition, and other techniques in his writing style to convey his message to his audience. You can sense King’s emotion and anger at what the clergymen say about the Civil Rights events. Since King is a preacher and is communicating to a fellow group of clergymen, he appropriately uses biblical references which draw a tighter connection to his audience. The clergymen are more educated so King uses a higher level of writing style. King also incorporates a tone of sarcasm at times with his statements. He skillfully develops compelling messages that support nonviolent civil disobedience as a way of overcoming segregation and racism and wants to convince his audience that it is ok to protest against unjust laws. The Civil Right Movement during
Michael Burgo 2/10/17
MLK Jr. Essay ELA
Martin Luther King Jr. is a name that everyone in America now a days should recognize who he was and some of the things he did. The mid 1900’s were not the brightness for both blacks or whites in the country as segregation was still around but, 1950’s to 1960’s those who were segregated were starting to open their eyes and release their thoughts. Martin Luther King Jr. was considered the leader of these efforts and this did not go down….
Argument of a Jail Dream
The civil rights movement took place during a time when America was divided by race and creed. Dr. Martin Luther King was motivated to write this letter by the unjustified violent acts of discrimination, imprisonment, and physical bodily harm that he and many others had encountered during what was supposed to be a non-violent racial segregation protest in Birmingham, Alabama. After being arrested for his part in the protest, he penned “Letter from Birmingham Jail” from the confines….
With MLK being such a strong leader for Civil Rights he had several speeches to give, each written with a different purpose but the same goal. MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail was written in response to those that accused him of being an extremist. Throughout his letter MLK used various forms of allusion, anaphora, and pathos in order to get his point across to the people that accused him of being an extremist and to the clergymen that called him unwise and untimely.
Being a pastor, MLK not only….
In the letter of Birmingham was written By Dr. Martin Luther King who arrested during a participation of a peaceful movement against segregation. Dr. King wrote this letter in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by 8 white religious leaders of the south. In this essay we are going to go into detail on Dr.King's response to the public statement and see his view on justice and injustice. Then try and compare his views against Paulo Freire.
When starting off in his speech Martin….
of so much oppression, he refused to abide by the Whites and wanted to abide by both Whites and Blacks. In his famous letter at Birmingham Jail, he addresses the topic of acting now and acting with the full support of everyone. In this way he is similar to Malcolm X who also wanted the Africans to stand up against the oppressors.
One of the main issues talked about in the letter is why not wait some more time to see what the Whites will do. Martin Luther King Jr. had a great response to this, something….
a bright man. His “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written in April 1963, while he was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, for acts of civil disobedience (499). His letter is a response to a letter signed by clergyman criticizing his actions towards civil rights. The clergymen believed that his actions were “untimely.” King states ,”if I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk…I would have no time for constructive work” (500). He usually does not respond to letter that criticize his work….
Letter from Birmingham Jail is an open letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. on April 16, 1963 from Birmingham jail.Where he was confined for his part in the Biringham campaign.Birmingham campaign was a planned,non-violent protest campaign against racial segregation in Birmingham.It has been known since time immemorial that people seeking social justice have used various rhetorical strategies appealing to their opponents.
In this letter MLK jr. has appealed to the Aristotelian persuasive strategies….
Analysis: Letter from Birmingham Jail
S- To state the reason Martin Luther King Jr. is in Birmingham for attempting to change segregation as social justice and his use of civil disobedience as an instrument of freedom.
O- King was incarcerated for expressing his rights as a US citizen and now writes a letter to explain the injustice
A- The Alabama Clergymen and U.S. Citizens
P- To announce that without forceful direct action, equal rights and true civil rights may never be achieved
October 5, 2009
Letter From Birmingham Jail Analysis
“Letter from Birmingham Jail: April 16, 1963” was written by Dr. Martin Luther King in response to published statements denouncing his non-violent protest in Birmingham, Alabama. The article, composed on scraps of paper, in the margins of the newspaper and finally on writing pads (King, 1963) by Dr. King as he was incarcerated in Birmingham City Jail for participating in a series of non-violent protests, known as the Birmingham Campaign. “Letter….
Nonviolent Courses of Action
When MLK talks about the “end” I believe he is talking about a conclusion to any situation. Whether it is death or the resolution of a conflict, the end can either be good or bad. In one of King’s action programs should always be nonviolent, in turn leading to a just and pure endings. When we take war for example, the end is undeniably going to end with the loss of soldiers and innocent people fighting for their countries, but had the countries taken the nonviolent….