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Letter from a Birmingham Jail

January 19, 2015

I thought today would be a good day to recycle two posts.  Please read them.  Reflect on race relations in this world, in this country, in your communities.  How far have we come?  Where do the responsibilities lie?  What do we do when we are exhausted trying?  What have you done?  What have I done?  Read, digest, debate,… love.


16 April 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
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 statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

In the interest of column space, please click here for the rest of the Letter, it is a good and worthwhile  read:


And I will close out as Martin did this letter:

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood,


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