Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr., in his famous letter from the Birmingham Jail,, responds forcefully yet politely to a public statement made by eight white clergymen in 1963. At the time, in Alabama, many different racial injustices were occuring. Segregation was still very prominant in the area, dehumanizing the African Americans. Humiliating signs against the them were still seen in restaurants and stores without any indications of them being removed. He shows strong defense of his position as an African American and firmly defends racial equality, giving reference to countless sources and utilizing multiple literary devices. King uses multiple biblical allsuions and adds in historical onesin order to relate to the Clergymen and people of Alabama, and also to demonstrate his evident passion for equality for African Americans.

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