MLK's Letter from Birmingham City Jail: Documents in Detail

Ep. 201610
60 minute listen

Who were the perceived and actual audiences that MLK had in mind when writing his letter from Birmingham Jail?

The second episode in our pilot webinar series, Documents in Detail, aired live on 15 February, with a focus on MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” of 1963. Among a variety of issues and topics, the program delved into the historical context around the letter, its perceived and actual audience, and the particulars of King’s citing of Abraham Lincoln in the letter. Teachers also asked questions about the role of King’s faith in the content and wording of the letter, and King’s relationship with other Civil Rights leaders, namely Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad.

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