So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work.
As an orator, he used many persuasive techniques to reach the hearts and minds of his audience. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. Yes, I love the church.
Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. I had hoped that the white moderate would see this need. They will be old, oppressed, battered Negro women, symbolized in a seventy two year old woman in Montgomery, Alabama, who rose up with a sense of dignity and with her people decided not to ride segregated buses, and who responded with ungrammatical profundity to one who inquired about her weariness: But be assured that my tears have been tears of love.
In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience. To do the right deed for the wrong reason. I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives are at present misunderstood.
That would lead to anarchy. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong. I have heard numerous southern religious leaders admonish their worshipers to comply with a desegregation decision because it is the law, but I have longed to hear white ministers declare: And now this approach is being termed extremist.
Knowing that a strong economic-withdrawal program would be the by product of direct action, we felt that this would be the best time to bring pressure to bear on the merchants for the needed change. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.
But he will not see this without pressure from devotees of civil rights. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations.
Jenkins issued a blanket injunction against "parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing. To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.
But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Jesus and other great reformers were extremists: Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent--and often even vocal--sanction of things as they are.
Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. This is difference made legal. Clarence was a speech writer and considered one of the more radicals of the group. Society must protect the robbed and punish the robber.
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: I commend the Catholic leaders of this state for integrating Spring Hill College several years ago. The Negro has many pent up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them.
But be assured that my tears have been tears of love.Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. From the Birmingham jail, where he was imprisoned as a participant in nonviolent demonstrations against segregation, Dr. Letter from the Birmingham Jail Quotes Showing of 25 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Letter From Birmingham Jail Questions and Answers. The Question and Answer section for Letter From Birmingham Jail is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. The document available for viewing above is from an early draft of the Letter, while the audio is from King’s reading of the Letter later.
The document available for viewing above is from an early draft of the Letter, while the audio is from King’s reading of the Letter later. Letter From Birmingham Jail 1 A U G U S T 1 9 6 3 Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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