martin luther king

Topics: African American, Jim Crow laws, Southern United States, White American, Letter from Birmingham Jail / Pages: 4 (860 words) / Published: Oct 15th, 2013
The Life and words of Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr was a great person of his era. His birthday was first created as a national holiday in 1986 because of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” stands out as a part one of the great change in African American’s history by used a very persuasive way of examples. He invokes empathy from his readers in order to persuade white people to change the circumstances. When white people reads about this letter they will finally understands by treating them unequal how much the African Americans suffers and pains during that horrible time. In this letter Martin Luther King Jr used a lot of examples to express his feelings and thoughts as describe by Lee A. Jcobus’s method. In this letter, King uses Lee A. Jacobus’s example of how his people got tortured by the policemen when he says “But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, and even kill your black brothers and sisters…” (217). Here King uses some emotional word to express his feelings such as “curse”, “kick”, and even “kill” he was trying to show his emotion by full of pain and suffering (218). Generally, when reader reads this letter they will feel the same way he feels, all the fears and worry come from his letter by uses the words to illustrate his people. As a result King states how waiting is no longer a solution. In King’s letter writes about the differences between “just” and “unjust” laws by using Lee A. Jacobus’s definition method and example method to described a clear way to distinguish between just and unjust laws. Just and unjust law reflect reader’s view of how they think about the laws, even if they disagree with the laws; but they still have to follow it. When the laws wrote in constitutions are called just laws,



Cited: Page: Jacobus, Lee A. “Methods of Development.” A World Of Ideas. 7th Ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2005. 2005-918. Print Martin Luther King Jr “Letter form a Birmingham Jail”. April 16, 1963. A World of Ideas. Ed. Lee A. Jacobus. 7th Ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2005.213-231. Print.

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