We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies. 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.
In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. Remain optimistic and also realistic with your words. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with.
Because there is a lack of direct contact—and often times phone communication—letters can serve as a link between the prisoner and what is going on at home or in the outside world.
But for what purpose.
A letter is not ideal for such news because your son has no one in the family to react to or grieve with after hearing the information. But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest.
Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
Over and over I have found myself asking: I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil-rights leader but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all.
Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything less than brotherhood, I beg God to forgive me.
We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. When I was suddenly catapulted into the leadership of the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama, a few years ago, I felt we would be supported by the white church.
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Thus it is that I can urge men to obey the decision of the Supreme Court, for it is morally right; and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances, for they are morally wrong. Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension.
I have heard numerous southern religious leaders admonish their worshipers to comply with a desegregation decision because it is the law, but I have longed to hear white ministers declare: In spite of my shattered dreams, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious leadership of this community would see the justice of our cause and, with deep moral concern, would serve as the channel through which our just grievances could reach the power structure.
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King, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in Why We Can’t Wait, Reverend Martin Luther King Writes from Birmingham City Jail—Part I, 88th Cong., 1st sess., Congressional Record (11.
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"Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]" 16 April My Dear Fellow Clergymen: If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me. If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything.
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