This shows that Martin is not just writing a letter but answering questions to a certain group. In this letter, Martin Luther King Jr. Unlike the injunction in Albany, Georgia, however, this one came from a state court, not a federal one. He also makes a bright appeal to ethos and pathos but their effectiveness is limited by a number of inconsistencies in the letter. You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. Initially King head scheduled the protests to begin in time to disrupt Easter season shopping, giving them economic bite. More than just a reaction to criticism, 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' articulately lays out a powerful argument for social justice and the responsibility of church, state and citizenry to stand up and speak out peacefully for civil rights.
On 6 April, protestors marched on City Hall, and forty-two people were arrested. We need to be brave and stand up for our beliefs, even if it not the popular choice at the time. Purpose King wants to make these men understand the struggle of his people. Yet unlike them, he has been jailed for his actions. It was probably the most thoroughly segregated city 356. I say this as a minister of the gospel, who loves the church; who was nurtured in its bosom; who has been sustained by its spiritual blessings and who will remain true to it as long as the cord of life shall lengthen.
Let's check out each one more closely. The Quarterly journal of speech. He meant in almost explicit terms for it to stand in the tradition of prophetic prison letters, the most famous of which are those attributed to Paul of Tarsus and included in the New Testament. Doing the right thing may get you in to some trouble; but if it is for a good cause it will be worth it. The author effectively used arguments based on values, character, and reasons to supports his ideas and actions. He also shows a knowledge of the laws. King was truly a master of rhetoric, for he managed to incorporate the three points of the rhetoric triangle, make them evident, and still managed to have an entire argument flowing smoothly.
I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. For example: I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives are at present misunderstood. The other force is one of bitterness and hatred, and it comes perilously close to advocating violence.
For instance, Luther refers to St. Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here. It is true that the police have exercised a degree of discipline in handling the demonstrators. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. He also refers to Paul in the Bible when he states that like Paul, he must react to the Macedonian call for help.
But the latter consistently refused to engage in good faith negotiation. In spite of my shattered dreams, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deep moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure. King described his reasons for having been in Birmingham and his opinions and reasons for protesting. To support why he thinks that direct action should be used, he cites an earlier incidence in which leaders of the black community were able to discuss issues affecting the black community after the use of direct force. Alongside the more obvious threats of death, bodily harm, or imprisonment, African Americans suffer from more complex issues like financial uncertainty and a sense of inferiority. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.
What does Martin Luther King, Jr. Early on, this creates a label for Martin Luther King, outsider. Statement by Alabama Clergymen, 16 April 1963. While the jails filled with peaceful blacks, King negotiated with white businessmen, whose stores were losing business due to the protests. Through the creation of this letter, Martin Luther King Jr. One day the South will recognize its real heroes.
They use it in a term to make him feel unwelcome as well as question his reason for even being in the state of Alabama. Though the letter was not immediately either successful or influential, it became within a matter of months famous for its articulation of Dr. Pathos Although many of Dr. Systemic racism throughout the American South is at the heart of Martin Luther King, Jr. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B. Most importantly, this letter explains current events in Birmingham in 1963 as well as in the rest of America and it demonstrates the approach Reverend King took through out the whole civil-rights movement of 1950s and 1960s.
By stating his credibility and giving his personal experiences, King gives the readers no choice but to listen to what his reasoning is behind his actions taken in Birmingham. Augustine, which brings him out as a learned person. Whites bombed black homes and churches, and blacks retaliated with mob violence. After establishing credibility, the author used various reasoning techniques to refute the ministers' criticism, and make strong argument supporting his actions. Criticism 2: It's inappropriate for King to get his point across through public demonstrations.