Letter From Birmingham Jail

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Why, in the first paragraph, does King establish his setting (the Birmingham city jail) and define his intended audience? (the clergymen)

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The “Letter” is dated April 16, 1963, and addressed to “My Dear Fellow Clergymen.” Dr. King explains that he has read the recent statement published by clergymen in a Birmingham newspaper, describing Dr. King’s recent activities in the city as “unwise and untimely.” Though he does not usually respond to criticisms – he receives far too many for that to be practical – he believes these men are “of genuine good will” and hence do their criticisms deserve an answer (169).