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Letters from Birmingham Precis

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Natalie Nguyen Shank 7 November 3, 2010 Letters from Birmingham Jail Précis Summary/Analysis: Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter from Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963, which was published in Why We Can’t Wait (1964). He wrote it as a response to a published statement by eight fellow clergymen from Alabama when they called his activities in Birmingham “unwise and untimely”. He wanted to justify his actions and make the clergymen realize why he did such things. Throughout the whole letter, he is very modest and solemn, and he wrote with the utmost respect. His tone was almost sad at how his people were treated, but tried not to show his anger. King uses examples to try and persuade the clergymen his letter addresses that his actions were not rash, but needed. King explains that he was in Birmingham because that was where segregation was the worse. Negroes have been treated unjustly and the rate of hate crimes against them was high.
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