Letter from Birmingham Jail

In the spring of 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. organized a demonstration in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. With entire families in attendance, city police turned dogs and fire hoses on demonstrators. King was jailed along with large numbers of his supporters, but the event drew nationwide attention.

In his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, King eloquently spelled out his theory of non-violence:

“Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community,

which has constantly refused to negotiate,

is forced to confront the issue.”


credits: biography, history channel, photo credit: the atlantic

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  1. โ€œThe time has come for an all-out world war against poverty. The rich nations must use their vast resources of wealth to develop the underdeveloped, school the unschooled, and feed the unfed. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation.โ€
    … Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

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  2. I was a sophomore in high school in Flint, Michigan when Dr. King was killed..I participated in a peaceful march from my high school to a small black church a few miles away for a service. Out of 2,000 students, only 300 or so of us went.. a few of us white students were called names for participating but we held our heads up and kept walking. That’s what Dr. King taught us all to do to face down racism.
    I would hope that today, many, many more students would of marched. Sadly, 52 years later not all of us have learned the difference between right and wrong.

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    • that is good to hear for those of you who participated even in the face of abuse from others. yes, I wish that people would get it, but many don’t because they’ve never stood in those shoes and choose not to understand or do anything about it.


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