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Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Drury 1 Summer Drury Professor Bailey English 1101 October 15, 2007 Letter from Birmingham Jail Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was destined, if for nothing else, a life serving God. He came from a long line of pastors including his father and grandfather. He followed in their footsteps and also became a pastor for his own church after he was a co-pastor with his father’s church for many years. Even after that, he knew that his life was not complete yet. He knew that he had many other things to accomplish first. He became an adamant advocate and non-violent activist for black equality and human rights during the time period where civil rights for minorities were in serious jeopardy. The fact that he had graduated high school, at a young age, had a B.A. from an established Negro school, and then went on to get his doctorate from Boston University proved that he was a very well-educated man, and that he was able to hold his own with other high ranked officials that he came face-to-face with on a daily basis. His education and complete devotion to his race allowed him to soar through the ranks of many associations including becoming a member of the executive committee of the NAACP and the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Even while having all the pressure that being on both of these committees bring, he was still able to organize many non-violent protests and boycotts that brought national attention to his cause. He was recognized both nationally and world-wide with many honors including being named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1963 and becoming the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King was not only an activist and a pastor, but he was a husband to Coretta Scott King, a father
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Drury 2 to four children, and a friend and role model to thousands. After his assassination by James Earl Ray in April of 1958, all four of his children also decided to walk in his footsteps as did the people who continued to push for equal rights for all Americans. King believes non-violent action will solve or end the racial injustices that exist not only in the South, but also wherever in the world they are. King argues that injustice is present in everyday life, and that it is up to the people to get rid of it. The way to do this is not through violence and hatred, but instead through non-violent protests, boycotts, and demonstrations.
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