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Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham  Jail
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Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929- 1968) Born Atlanta Leader in the struggle against Jim Crow  legislation Montgomery bus boycott (1955) Southern Christian Leadership Conference  (1957) Birmingham campaign (1963) March on Washington (1963) Civil Rights Act (1964), Voting Rights Act  (1965) Poor People’s Campaign (1968) Assassinated Memphis, TN, April 1968
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Jim Crow
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Statement by Alabama clergymen 12 April 1963  Refers to earlier statement, “An Appeal for  Law and Order and Common Sense” law vs. lawlessness order vs. disorder local residents vs. outsiders peacefulness vs. violence 
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King’s dilemma:  justifying  lawbreaking Since we so diligently urge people to obey  the Supreme Court's decision of 1954  outlawing segregation in the public  schools, at first glance it may seem rather  paradoxical for us consciously to break  laws. One may well ask: "How can you  advocate breaking some laws and obeying  others?" 
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Just and unjust laws The answer lies in the fact that there are  two types of laws: just and unjust. I would 
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course POLITICAL 101 taught by Professor Kubik during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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