Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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Date: 2014
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Letter
Length: 74 words
Content Level: (Level 2)

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Written while imprisoned for his involvement in the Birmingham, Alabama, civil rights demonstrations, this open letter to the white clergymen of Alabama outlines Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stance regarding their opinion that the civil rights issues should only be dealt with through legal channels. In the letter, King states his belief that civil rights leaders have an obligation to follow just laws, but also an obligation to disobey unjustly founded laws through nonviolent demonstration.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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Gale Document Number: GALE|PTGLEU610906116