An Analysis Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an extremely influential leader in the African American Civil Rights movement during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was dedicated to nonviolent direct action to end racial segregation and discrimination in America. Dr. Martin Luther King organized many protests and events to bring about social change and justice, such as his iconic and very moving “I have a Dream” speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King was arrested by city police while protesting in Birmingham. While in jail, he read articles in the newspaper critical of Kings protests, calling the demonstration “unwise and untimely”. With no paper to write on, he wrote a response in the slim margins of the newspaper. The piece later became known as the Letter from Birmingham Jail.

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The letter was about the change peoples mind about the protest, to help the African Americans achieve freedom from segregation and discrimination. The core principle of this letter was to use guilt to move good men into helping African Americans with the protest also in helping stop segregation and discrimination. King went to Birmingham to help end the segregation, by peacefully protesting to help the African Americans in Birmingham. King used guilt in his letter to convince white people to help with the movement to stop segregation and discrimination for African Americans and for all races. These are the reasons why I think this piece of literature is logos. The letter is trying to persuade the reader also the letter is using logic not emotions to convince you to change your mind about the movement for equality for