Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham City Jail”

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Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an argumentative persuasive essay, the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on April 16, 1963. King had written this letter to address and respond to the criticism made by the white clergymen. The letter was an approach to end racism and hatred in a non-violent manner. The non-violent movement was organized by King and his pro-black organization called “The Southern Christian Leadership Conference”.
King and his pro-black organization group presented the essay to argue non-violent actions against the racial discrimination and hatred among the black community residing in Birmingham. The letter was also aimed towards the freedom and equality to not just the black community but also to the white community, to the social, religious and political community. King wanted to address the stress of everyone having freedom and equality. King’s main thesis in writing the Birmingham Letter is that racial discrimination and hatred to the black community is due to the optimism of the white community.
I agree with his main points that King had presented in the essay. Everyone should have equal rights in every criteria including socially, politically, and religiously. This is what King wanted for everyone. He wanted to peacefully bring every race and gender together as one society not multiple societies like how it was. King argued the freedom and equality

for everyone in the United States and that there shouldn’t be a reason to prejudice to each other.
King supported his points throughout his essay by using logos. Logos is the use of facts, statistics and studies to show others why and how your point is correct. He researched his opinions and accumulated facts to prove his opinions and thoughts. In the letter, King acknowledged being called an extremist. King responds by stating historical citizens that were acknowledged as heroes were reflected to be extremists. He then went on to say that if he’s an extremist to fight for freedom and equality than the historical citizens are extremists as well. Another example king uses to support his points with logos was that he brought up how the Birmingham police brutalized the protesters. How unfair punishments were used in other events. King also used firsthand experience to prove his points. King demonstrated that he had thought that the white religious leaders would agree with his strategy, but was shot down with hindrance and antagonism by the religious leaders.
The letter was directed towards many people. King directed...

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