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Martin Luther King Jr Letter From the Birmingham Jail On April 16th of 1963 an imprisoned Martin Luther King Jr began to write a response to a letter that was published in a local newspaper from eight clergymen These men scorned Dr Kings protests calling them unwise and untimely Through his letter King expressed his ideas and reasons for his actions Most of his ideas were influenced by the philosophies taught by Aristotle In the second and third paragraphs Dr King established his sincerity of his convictions and his reasons for being in Birmingham He explained that he was in Birmingham because injustice is here One of his most famous quotes stated a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere He continued to clarify why he was in Birmingham In paragraph ten King asked questions to the clergymen in an attempt to explain his ideas of non-violent protesting His goal was to persuade the clergymen that what he was doing was the right thing He said I have earnestly opposed violent tension but there is a type of constructive non-violent tension which is necessary for growth King used a significant metaphor to show the concern he has for his peoples freedom in America He stated The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward gaining political independence but we still creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at the lunch counter Through this metaphor it was apparent that he was demonstrating his concern for social change Then King continued to show his disdain towards those who wished for King to be passive proving to them that they did not know the fear of being African-American He did this through examples of torment that were inflicted on the blacks Further into this document King set up his argument for defying the laws that the government had imposed upon the African-Americans He explained through St Augustines
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