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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’

Memorable Quotes from 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'

 
 
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By Darren Jefferson Clay, May 16, 2021
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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail" is the most important written document of the Civil Rights Era. His eloquent justification of the movement and its tactics inspired moderates to join the struggle for racial equality.

On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, King, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy and others marched near Kelly Ingram Park in violation of a court order against demonstrations opposing segregation. Police Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Conner arrested the group and transported them to the Birmingham City Jail. Eight white ministers published a plea for blacks to be patient and rely on the courts instead of direct action to achieve their goals.

While incarcerated in a small, cell, King scribbled arguments and quoted philosophers, patriots and scripture. King argued that confrontation was necessary to pressure whites to negotiate in order to achieve social justice. He wrote, "Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” His lawyers took the bits and pieces of paper to campaign coordinator

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Wyatt Walker who organized and edited the thoughts to about 7,000 words. The letter was dated April 16 and published in May, 1963.

Unveiled April 16, 2013 by Elder Bernice King, Gov. Robert Bentley and Mayor William Bell.

Memorable Quotes from 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."

“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.”

“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."

A Joint Project by Leadership Birmingham Class of 2011-2012 and Alabama Tourism Department
 
Erected 2013 by Leadership Birmingham Class of 2011-2012 and Alabama Tourism Department.
 
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By Darren Jefferson Clay, May 16, 2021
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in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is April 16, 1963.
 
Location. 33° 29.764′ N, 86° 49.317′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Beta Street south of 6th Avenue South, on the left when traveling south. Located in front of the Birmingham City Jail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 409 6th Ave S, Birmingham AL 35205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glen Iris Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Disabled American Veterans (approx. ¾ mile away); Wilson's Raiders (approx. one mile away); Walker Memorial Church (approx. one mile away); School of Medicine (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fraternal Hotel Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Emory Overton Jackson (approx. 1.4 miles away); Arthur D. Shores (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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