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In this Letter from a Birmingham Jail delivered April16 1963 Dr Martin Luther King Jr presses the subject of blacks having the same opportunities and equal rights as whites he further explains the struggles blacks have been going through for so long and that change is needed King uses appeals to ethos pathos and logos as well as historical biblical and literary allusions he begins by stating his point in nonviolent protests and that it is a lawful act as blacks civil rights movement he further explains his motives saying that it is time for black men to have the same rights as whites He wrote this letter in order to explain blacks intents of nonviolent protests during the civil rights movement Martin Luther King speaks with a personal and educated tone addressing the clergymen who criticized Dr King and his participants peaceful protest against segregation in BirminghamInjustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere King writes in his letter to clergymen explaining that segregation laws against blacks are unjust but legal He later says that segregation laws are not only politically economically and sociologically unsound it is morally wrong and sinful and explains that laws like these are belittling blacks and giving whites the sense of having some kind of superiority over others Dr King explains the differences of just and unjust laws saying segregation is unjust and morally incorrect He makes references to God and the act of sinfulness saying that by following these laws we are giving into sin He also references to St Augustine who said an unjust law is no law at all Dr King also explains his willingness to accept penalty or disobeying this unjust law and uses the Boston Tea Party as an example saying that blacks are not the only ones who act out on unjust laws and display disobedience Martin Luther Kings nonviolent take on the Birmingham strike shows their eagerness for changes they are willing
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