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Kings A Letter From Birmingham City Jail An Analysis Arturo Menendez Martin Luther King Jr one of the greatest speakers for the Black civil rights movement had written many great works in his time Two of his pieces stand out as his greatest works Letter from Birmingham City Jail a letter written from a jail in Birmingham where he was arrested for demonstrating peacefully to clergymen who didnt agree with his views and I Have a Dream a speech given by King in front of the Washington Memorial at a huge civil rights tea party Both works convey the same message the time has come where Black Americans will not stand for civil injustices any longer The way in which the works are written however are different for one is a letter to be read by a few and the other is a speech to be heard by many A Letter from Birmingham City Jail is exactly that it is a letter King wrote to a group of clergy members who disapproved of his actions in Birmingham City The fact that this is a letter is blatantly apparent right from the beginning Kings use of first person clearly defines it as him talking to the clergy members not a convention or a rally nothing general In his first paragraph King establishes why he is in Birmingham however he is not clear as he states he along with several members of his staff are there because he was invited there He is here because he has organizational ties there In other words he was there because what he does brought him here kind of like a job In the second paragraph he becomes crystal clear by stating that he is in Birmingham because injustice is there Not only does he present why he is there but he justifies it by alluding to
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