Letter from Birmingham

Letter from Birmingham - Kiley Belland Ron Sandvik English...

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Kiley Belland Ron Sandvik English 250 September 3, 2010 A Step in the Right Direction Everyone envies the idea of the American Dream. During the Civil Rights Movement African Americans were taking any and every step to get a chance closer to their dream of freedom. In Martin Luther King Jr’s. “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he brings up many key points about the effects and ways of segregation. He expresses the need for nonviolent, direct action to end segregation. King Jr. voices his opinion about just and unjust laws. He elaborates on his outlook of the “white moderate” (Crusius and Channell pg. 258). His overall purpose of the letter is to inevitably open the door to negotiation between the relationship of black and white people. Martin Luther King states that segregation “distorts the soul and damages the personality” (Crusius and Channell pg. 257). Because African Americans were not treated fairly their actions often led to violence, which labeled black people as undeserved. King understands that violence is not the way to achieve equality, but when his people have experienced events such as unnecessary poverty, hateful police forces, not being offered a public motel room, and
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