Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail Term Paper

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail." It uses M.Gandhi as an example of extremism to match King's example of Jesus Christ. It includes a quote by King on Gandhi. It distinguishes King's form of extreme behavior from the extreme action of those who mailed the anthrax-contaminated letters.


Martin Luther King Jr. knew the same discontent and yearning for freedom that eventually manifests in oppressed people no matter on what continent they live or in what era of history. He believed that repressed emotions equaled bloodshed if not directed to a nonviolent path of action, for the passion of discontent can be over-powering and often bursts forth in rage (

King was aware of the pendulum of change and how extreme action is needed at times to force the swing to balance. Moreover, he was certain that extremism by peaceful means was the correct path to justice ( His belief that nonviolence was the greatest…

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Gandhi, Mohandas. History. (accessed 02-19-2002).

King Jr., Martin Luther. Letter From Birmingham Jail. April 16, 1963. (accessed 02-19-


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