Letter from Birmingham Jail

A brilliant piece of writing by Dr Luther King.

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Dr. King is probably best known for his poetic and stirring I Have a Dream speech, but I’ve always considered Letter from Birmingham Jail one of his finest works. Wikipedia says that:

King met with unusually harsh conditions in the Birmingham jail. An ally smuggled in a newspaper from April 12, which contained “A Call for Unity”: a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods. The letter provoked King, and he began to write a response on the newspaper itself. King writes in Why We Can’t Wait: “Begun on the margins of the newspaper in which the statement appeared while I was in jail, the letter was continued on scraps of writing paper supplied by a friendly black trusty, and concluded on a pad my attorneys were eventually permitted to leave me.”

The “Call to Unity” clergymen agreed that social injustices existed but argued that…

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