Monday, January 19, 2009

MLK Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail"

Last year for Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights Day, I posted a link to Dr. King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail", one of my favorite readings on race in America and civil disobedience that I've ever seen, filled with tempered optimism and stirring intelligence. This one is all the better for lack of a copyeditor; it's far more honest and stirring than a well-crafted speech with quotable bits (momentous though his speeches were).

I'd like to post this again, in remembrance of the fact that Dr. King was more than just a man with a dream. Focusing on that one speech makes the fight for true egalitarianism and brotherhood feel like a fight of the past, one that resolved itself in previous generations and died with the activists of the 20th century. Our society still has a way to go, and it's a very individual battle.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - "Letter From Birmingham Jail"

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