Study on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Racism, sexism, and ageism are hot topics these days. Join in the discussion of a letter Dr. Martin Luther King wrote fifty years ago to another group of religious leaders while sitting in jail. The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written as a response to an open letter to Dr. King that appeared in a local newspaper, from eight white clergymen of the state (including bishops, pastors and a rabbi). They urged an end to the demonstrations and civil disobedience that were occurring in the city and the use, instead, of patient negotiation and legal action to address any perceived denial of rights to Black citizens.
Rather than simply dismissing the concerns raised in the letter from the clergymen, or responding with anger, Dr. King addressed them as “Fellow Clergyman” and as “brothers.” “Since I feel 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.”
Join us Sunday at 9:00 to discuss this letter that is just as important today as it was 50 years ago.
Click here to go to a copy of Dr. King’s original letter and here for the response from Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. that is one of the resources for this study.