Martin Luther King Speech

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“Letter from Birmingham City Jail: Analysis”
On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter known as the “Letter from Birmingham City Jail.” The letter, as well as his jailing, was a result of white clergy who disagreed with non-violent protesting to end racial segregation between the everyday African American and white American. In this letter, King launches the reader into a journey of emotions by introducing a different point of view to the eight clergy authors of “A Call to Unity.” Through use of selective diction to exhibit powerful imagery, King highlights why he felt so strongly towards the situation at hand.
King displays an agonizing and heart shredding scene when he writes "when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your brothers and sisters at whim" (King 124-126). The reader's mind quickly absorbs the sorrowful diction "vicious mobs," "lynch," and "drown" to create an image equivalent to one from a scene of a horror story where colored men and women of all ages are hung and drowned against their will for, simply, being colored. While white men and their families lived in a blossoming world of fantasy where they reigned superior, day to day, a colored family was terrorized in a nightmare. Painful and traumatizing, this incident was only a snapshot of the dreadful film each of them suffered through. King portrays an astounding visual image in an abstract point of view when he clicks the reader's mind to one of a young colored female. When King writes, "ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky," the reader suddenly grasps cognizance of the words "ominous clouds," "inferiority," "little," and "mental sky" to form the heart aching image of a "little" child's mind open and ready to be filled with magic and wonder only to be consumed by…...

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