The Question and Answer section for Letter From Birmingham Jail is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
King says that direct action creates tension and creates crisis in a community, thus, forcing the community to confront and negotiate the issue.
Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community...
From the text:
Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are...