Today Martin Luther King Jr

Today Martin Luther King Jr - most likely maintain the...

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Christine Nguyen Composition II English 1102.R34 Jordan Windholz November 10, 2010 A “well timed” Direct-Action Campaign Today Martin Luther King Jr. may be a symbol of leadership for the civil rights movement in America; however, he too suffered from criticism during his time. The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written in response to a letter of criticism by clergymen, who felt King’s ideas were to “untimely.” Their claim was that the black community should wait a little longer, and give the new city administration more time to act. King refuted this claim in two parts. The first was specific and logical, King outright sates that the new mayor, Mr. Boutwell is a segregationist just like Birmingham’s old mayor, Mr. Connor. To think that the change in leadership would bring momentous change in Birmingham was therefore naïve and unrealistic, because Mr. Boutwell would
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Unformatted text preview: most likely maintain the status quo of segregation. King then moves on to the second part of his counterargument. He refutes their claim on a deeper level, an emotional level. King boldly states that there will never a “well timed” direct-action campaign, because for those oppressed by segregation; the word “wait” has been interchangeable with the word “never.” King sums up his counterargument with the quote “justice too long delayed is justice denied.” Putting off King’s more “radical” forms of protest in favor of “waiting” for the new administration to act would be both illogical on a shallow level, and immoral on a deeper level, because the longer they wait the more they are allowing people to live under injustice....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2011 for the course ENG 1100 taught by Professor Windholz during the Spring '11 term at Fordham.

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