Main Ideas In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” By M.L.King

Letter from a Birmingham Jail written by Martin Luther King, when jailed in Birmingham, in response to religious leaders of the US Presbyterian community. Opponents of M.L. King insisted on the persisting segregation and racial inequality, which was justified by divine will, while such activists as M.L. King are outsiders, who have no right to raise the public against the existing social order. In response, M.L. King shapes the concept of one nation, where there are no outsiders within the nation.

M.L. King stands on the ground that all people living within the nation should stand on the equal ground in terms of their rights, liberties and opportunities. He believed that everyone and everything within the nation is interrelated: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” (King 4). Therefore, all people living within the nation are insiders and there are no outsiders within the nation but outside the nation.

He considered persisting injustice to be dangerous not only for African Americans but for the entire nation. This is why he insisted on the necessity of the elimination of injustice and racial inequality. M.L. King suggested the peaceful, nonviolent way to the elimination of injustice in the US. According to M.L. King, “in any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action” (King, 6).

Thus, M.L. King suggested the way to eliminate injustice through inclusion of all people, regardless of their racial origin and other issues. In actuality, his ideas are still relevant in the contemporary society.

 

Works Cited:

King, Martin, Luther. Letter from a Birmingham Jail. 1963. Retrieved on August 27, 2014 from http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

 

 

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