Letter From Birmingham Jail

What is kings main argument? What three reasons does he provide to support his argument?


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King declare the reason for his presence, “I am here because injustice is here.” His three reasons include the fact that he is president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was invited by the Alabama chapter. He then compares the SCLC to 8th century prophets who carried the word of Jesus far away from their homes, and himself implicitly to Paul of Tarsus, who brought the gospel to “the far corners of the Greco-Roman world.” Dr. King is attempting to carry “the gospel of freedom” to areas far and wide (170). Lastly, King argues that “all communities and states” are interrelated. As a man devoted to justice, he cannot ignore injustice simply because it happens outside of his hometown. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” since everyone feels the sting of injustice, even if indirectly. As a result, nobody in the United States should ever be considered an outsider anywhere else in the country (170).