We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom. How could I do otherwise? Just as the prophets of the eighth century B. I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil-rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother.
Recent public displays of nonviolence by the police were in stark contrast to their typical treatment of black people, and, as public relations, helped "to preserve the evil system of segregation. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension.
This is certainly a legitimate concern. As the weeks and months went by, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. A few signs, briefly removed, returned; the others remained.
Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. Yes, they have gone to jail with us. One of the basic points in your statement is that the action that I and my associates have taken in Birmingham is untimely.
I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. To this, King referred to his responsibility as the leader of the SCLC, which had numerous affiliated organizations throughout the South.
Marshall encouraged the campaign leaders to halt demonstrations and accept this interim compromise. Why sit ins, marches and so forth? As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us. The campaign was originally scheduled to begin in early March but was postponed until April.
When I was suddenly catapulted into the leadership of the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama, a few years ago, I felt we would be supported by the white church. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.
I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself.
In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me.
We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.
You may well ask:The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16,by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. Letter From Birmingham Jail 1 A U G U S T 1 9 6 3 Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]" 16 April My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas.
If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my. 1 Martin Luther King Letter from Birmingham Jail () [Abridged] April 16, My Dear Fellow Clergymen, While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I.
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