Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 6

There was a time when the church was very powerful– In the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early […]

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Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 3

I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux […]

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Letter from a Birmingham jail – part 1

12 April 1963 … White Birmingham ministers write to Martin Luther King, Jr. calling for an end of all demonstrations. The morning after being placed in solitary confinement a newspaper was slipped to King, where he found an advertisement paid by clergymen criticizing his activities. With no pad or paper to write on, King began responding in the margins of […]

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