Martin Luther King Letter Of Birmingham Jail Analysis

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Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter of Birmingham Jail" as a response to white Alabama clergymen who criticized his action as "unwise and untimely." They criticized King's organization and participation in the protest march against segregation in Birmingham. King's letter does not attempt to persuade the clergymen to side with civil rights activists, but rather to explain to them the need for direct action and open their eyes to the suffering of the Negro community. He does not consider himself an outsider not only because he was invited to Birmingham but because humanity has an "inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." Throughout the essay King not only addresses the clergymen's concerns, but he also anticipates
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