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Jarod Velasquez April 11, 2017Jessica PlileyHistory 1320 Primary Source IIIThroughout the 1960s, America, in terms of race relations, remained a woefully divided and damaged nation. Segregation and the general mistreatment of black Americans ran rampant in the deep south of the United States. Blacks were growing more and more frustrated and tired of the blatant racism. Out of a crucial need for change, two popular schools of thought arose in attempt to combat the discrimination. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, famed reverend from Georgia, began leading demonstrations of non-violent civil disobedience. While minister Malcolm Little (aka Malcolm X) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) published leaflets and manifestos encouraging a more aggressive approach to protesting. While participating in non-violent protest in Birmingham, Alabama, where the police brutality rates far surpassed that of other cities and states, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was jailed for his diplomatic defiance of the law. It was here, from the cold concrete confines of a Jefferson county jail that King drafted a rich and powerful letter. This letter was addressed to Martin Luther’s fellow clergymen who doubted his peaceful methods. In this eloquent work, King explained the need for his actions and the methodology that guided his peaceful practices.

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