Written while jailed in 1963, King’s open letter to fellow clergymen is often overshadowed by his “I Have a Dream” speech. King’s letter makes a powerful argument for non-violent resistance – even to the point of breaking existing laws – against immoral laws, and in it he encouraged others to understand his actions and those of his supporters, and to join in their work for racial equality, despite the fact that many African-American clergymen were against the tactics employed by King. Widely published at the time, King’s letter is considered to be one of the clearest expressions and explanations of the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s.
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