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Unformatted text preview: Précis 4-4-08 Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)is a letter Dr. King wrote after being jailed in Birmingham Alabama after organizing a economic boycott of white businesses, using a smuggled pen and piece of paper. King’s statement served as a powerful motivational tool for the civil rights movement proclaiming African Americans could no longer “wait” for civil freedom. He discusses how there are “just” laws , and there are “unjust” laws; he advocated obeying just laws , but on the contrary argued obeying unjust laws was morally wrong. He also brought up a compelling point, that whites were placing blacks in jail for breaking the law when these same “law-abiding” whites were ironically breaking the Supreme Court’s decision in 1954 to end segregation. King then presents the idea of two opposing forces in the Negro community, those that of complacent Negroes who because of many years of oppression have adjusted to segregation and become insensitive to the problems of the masses. The other group segregation and become insensitive to the problems of the masses....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 08758 taught by Professor Morgenstein during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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