“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”


Martin Luther King: Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Often in activism, what is needed is not so much to change minds the minds of those who oppose you, but to get those who already say they agree with you to get off their asses and help. That seems to me to be what Dr. King was trying to do with this letter – to get white clergymen who said they supported equal rights to say “Why yes. As a  matter of fact it is time!”

After laying out what he is trying to do and how he could use their real support, he begins his close:

Never before have I written so long a letter. I’m afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. 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?

Ooh snap!

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One Response

  1. Great point. I second that “snap!”

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