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Dr Martin Luther King Junior s Letter from Birmingham Jail is a widely read persuasive text In the spring of 1963 Martin Luther King Jr and many other demonstrators were hauled off to jail because of the direct action they took in order to stop the racial injustice that was happening When King was criticized by a group of white clergymen who blamed him for precipitating the violence he wrote letter of reply to his colleagues who were bishops reverends and a rabbi This letter was to be an explanation as to why they incited this action They were to be his specific audience But as we discussed in class it was as if Dr King wrote this letter knowing that it would reach others and be able to have a profound effect as to educate and inspire them So his specific audience was the clergymen but indirectly he wrote it for everyone His forum is hard to tell but because of research done before I know his letter got out on toilet tissue the margins of newspapers any scrap of paper available to him Excerpts of the letter indicate more than just extreme despair and anxiety They offer a great testimony to the moral concern for oppressed humanity Dr Kings letter included all types of claim fact definition cause value and policy His claim of fact was that there were racial injustices in the world especially Birmingham He brought up the fact of the unresolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham 737 WP His claim of definition popped up wherever he decided to explain his actions He wanted to define the reasons he decided to take that course of action His claim of cause was the reasons behind the protests What led them to do it His claim of value was shown with him writing this letter He wanted to show that what he did was indeed good His claim of
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