The letter from Birmingham jail is written by Martin Luther King. He has written the letter appealing to the audience’s emotion. The main theme brought out is the racial injustice to the black people. King wants all people to be treated right or rather equal irrespective of their color. Tring to advocate for the rights of his brothers is what sends him to jail. He swore not to stop and that he will use all means to ensure justice is sought in all places.
The letter by Martin is full of wrath. His aim is to fight injustice. The author’s approach to the issue is very logical and right. King says they have engaged in a non-violent campaign for decades which yielded no fruits. They came up with another strategy that involved fact collection to analyze injustices, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action. Racial injustice is all over the place; in homes, courts, churches market etc. the people realized that they were only but victims of empty promises. Their hopes were shuttered and they felt disappointed. The only alternative left was to get prepared for a direct action if at all that was the only way to bring change. This was the only golden opportunity that could unlock the doors to negotiation.
The author’s approach is persuasive since they had already suffered the segregation disease. They have also had awful experiences and they concluded that freedom must be demanded. In my opinion, the negroes people had the right to stand up for what they believed in. they had suffered many years of frustrations and oppression and it was time for the change. They deserved to be treated rightfully and equally. My favorite quote in this letter is “Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God.” I love his Godly nature.
In conclusion, just as the bible says we are all created in his image and likeness. This means no one is more superior than the other we are all equal. Therefore, everyone should be treated equally in all aspects irrespective of the race.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL April 1963,
http://abacus.bates.edu/admin/offices/dos/mlk/letter.html accessed on 22nd march, 2018