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MLK and the X During the 1950s and 1960s major changes were taking place for black Americans across the United States Riots mass demonstrations Civil Rights laws voting laws and an end to segregation were seeking to improve the quality of life for blacks in both the industrial north and the deeply segregated south After 350 years it seemed that the blacks and whites would if not willing be force to live in peace with each other Through the help of great organizers such as Martin Luther King Jr non-violent protest paved the way for equal human rights for blacks in America by creating a tension within the south However this was not without opposition from both the black community and the white community Martin Luther Kings tactics were of non-violence love and compassion towards his oppressors Like Rosa Parks and the men of Greensboro Georgia the non-violent protest always got immediate attention and reaction His non-violent tactic had great support throughout the south Thousands of Black and whites took part in non-violent protests in the south during the 50s and 60s One of the most widely notable was the march on Birmingham Alabama in April 1963 From Letter from a Birmingham Jail we can see the opposition expressed by his white fellow clergymen From reading the letter Martin Luther King sent to his fellow clergymen we can get a sense of the reasons MLK faced resistance to his non-violent conduct The clergymen of Alabama thought that MLK had no right to be in Birmingham when he was from Atlanta and expressed lament about the demonstration Moreover they believed the negotiation is better than direct action The act of willingly braking one law while being obedient to others also confused them They also accused MLK of being an extremist and praised the Birmingham police of keeping order at the protest In MLKs letter he addressed their laments with great rhetoric and plain logic MLKs
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