LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL, APRIL 16, 1963

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    Letter from the Birmingham Jail

    April 16, 1963

    Birmingham, Al.

    MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:

    While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom, if ever, do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would be engaged in little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine goodwill and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

    I think I should give the reason for my being in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the argument of "outsiders coming in." I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every Southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliate organizations all across the South--one being the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Whenever necessary and possible we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago our local affiliate here in Birmingham invited us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented and when the hour came we lived up to our promises. So I am here, along with several members of my staff, because I have basic organizational ties here.

    Beyond this, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the eighth century prophets left their little villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns; and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Graeco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.


    FOR THE LETTER IN ENTIRETY GO TO THE WEB PAGE:

    http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/a/x/axg189/about/letter.html

    Peace!
    isaiah
     
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    You always bring the info uncut! Thank you Isaiah! You just don't know how much your contribution is appreciated!

    keep bringin it and I'll keep reading it! :star: :)
     
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    Sista Purple, thanks for the props! I try to give the young people something they might be able to sink their teeth into... If you can find something like this on the web(and that is rare), you got to bring it where it can be read, and discussed... I thought Destees would be the best place for that...

    Peace!
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    Thanks for sharing this deep letter for many of the family here i have to say
    i read mostly every thing you bring for i found great wisdom inside your messages
    and research / findings a knowledgable information thankz brutha
     
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