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Martin Luther King Jr wrote Letter from Birmingham Jail in response to a letter the clergymen wrote about kings actives being extreme and untimely King wanted the clergymen to know his reasons for sitting in Birmingham jail that his actions are well timed and serve a good purpose In the letter king said freedom can never be giving freely and direct-action is neededWe know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor it must be demanded by the oppressed Frankly I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was well timed in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation For years now I have heard the word Wait It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity This Wait has almost always meant Never We must come to see with one of our distinguished jurists that justice too long delayed is justice denied Martin Luther King Jr pg 3King knows that freedom can only be given when is asked by the people who demand it Sometimes a direct-action is needed to open the eyes of those who are not affected by segregation That wait will not happen because it has been way too long of a wait King is saying that they have waited for too long for segregation to be demolished and the only way to end segregation to do these demonstrations that are happening The clergymen said they should negotiate peacefully in court but there has not been any of that happening King believes that direct-action will allow the voices to be heard and lead to a negotiation
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