Monday, January 21, 2008

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
You can read the rest here.

Some questions:
-How do you view King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement?
-Have you ever read the letter linked to above? Do you find it inspiring?
-How do you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
-If King was still alive today, do you think he would be pleased with the progress made thus far?
-What are your thoughts concerning his assessment of the "white" churches of the south?

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