Letter From Birmingham Jail

Why is MLK, JR writing this letter in the first place

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King's letter is a response to a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen on April 12, 1963, titled "A Call For Unity". The clergymen agreed that social injustices existed but argued that the battle against racial segregation should be fought solely in the courts, not in the streets. They criticized Martin Luther King, calling him an “outside agitator” who causes trouble in the streets of Birmingham. To this, King referred to his belief that all communities and states were interrelated. He wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly… Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider…”[1] King expressed his remorse that the demonstrations were taking place in Birmingham but felt that the white power structure left the black community with no other choice.



Because, he wanted white people to realize that African Americans has suffered long enough. He wanted white people to keep the promise that was made to the African Americans in Birmingham Al. He also wanted white people to realize that African Americans deserved the same kinds of rights white people have had all their lives. African Americans built this lame ass country, and was been treated like second class citizens.