Martin Luther king jr letter from Birmingham prison
“Injustice anywhere is a risk to Justice all over,”are the words of Martin Luther King Jr. penned in a 1963 letter he composed while incarcerated in a Birmingham Prison during the height of grave racial tensions and partition. King thought in a nonviolent method to fighting racial inequalities and oppression and I too, support the approach he took. MLK cites in his letter that his non-violent technique was more instinctive than anything else. He was from a line of preachers, individuals who embodied the church and believed in dealing with each other equally and taking the “christian method.
I might see myself using such an approach because as a boy maturing I was taught in church and by my moms and dads to deal with people similarly, respectfully and to solve problems in a non-violent manner-that’s without fghting. King also mentioned in his letter that during this racially charged period he functioned as president of the Southern Christian Management Conference, a company operating In every southern state, with it’s head office in Atlanta, Georgia.
Among the affiliates in Birmingham had asked King and his group to take part in a direct action program if it became necessary. That moment came and they participated in emonstrations, marches, sit-ins and other civil disobedience. I can absolutely associate with these efforts. I recall police brutality in a neighborhood in which I lived. People were sobbing out for Justice so we (neighborhood leaders and citizens) blocked the streets with all sorts of things, lit tires on fire, wrote placards and staged demonstrations.
We likewise beinged in the streets blocking the flow of traffic. Like in King’s case that direct action brought about settlements on both sides. It came at a cost as a few of us got jailed and were provided citations. King also reacted to criticism of him promoting o follow and follow the laws yet he was likewise breaking them. King said that not only should one have a legal but likewise a moral duty to follow Simply laws. On the other hand one has a moral duty to disobey unjustified laws.
These “sit-downs,” boycotts of shops, marches and presentations were done at tactical times to develop maximum impact. These were terrific concepts but I would have taken it a step even more. I would have worked on a technique to acquire occupancy of the shops and restaurants that continued to show mentally charged signs. Upon complete contract to take apart such signs, complete control would then be gone back to their ightful owners. King’s main recommendation to disobeying the law was a Supreme Court’s 1954 decision to ban partition in public schools.
King stated although the segregationist did not adhere to the court’s decision he remained in no chance promoting, evading or defying the law but when such law is unfair one must approach it lovingly, openly and with the determination to accept the repercussions. Obviously King and his fans accepted the repercussions which in part is how he wound up in the Birmingham Prison. King stated that liberty is never ever willingly given by the oppressor, it must be required by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King referenced that had it not been for the impact of the Negro Church the path of nonviolence would not have actually been an integral part of the battle. Even in today’s society when as King saw it, therefore do I would have been bloodshed and turmoil. In conclusion on this brief take on Martin Luther King’s letter from Birmingham Prison I could understand totally why he took the nonviolent approach in attempting to combat racial inequalities and justice for humankind. One needs to display a sense of peace and tolerance, though challenging so as to differentiate one’s self from the perpetrators of evil and injustice on others.