“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” via WeMoveTogether

Further reflections from the vicinity of a Birmingham jail cell …


Today I read the Letter from a Birmingham Jail written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I do not remember ever reading this truly amazing piece of writing.  I trust it will not be the last time I read it and reflect on its meaning.

Yes, the letter is long but as Dr. King himself says,

“I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts and pray long prayers?”

Dr. King wrote the letter as a response to white church leaders asking him to stop the protests and to allow time and the courts to solve the issues of inequality.  They ask Dr. King, “Why direct action through protest?” With his answer Dr. King mentions a…

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