Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

(1963)

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Impact

King's “Letter from Birmingham Jail” had no direct effect on his Birmingham campaign, since most issues were resolved prior to its publication. The eight white clergymen felt that King had singled them out unfairly. For the rest of their lives they would be known as the men who publicly chastised King. As the letter reached a larger audience, support for civil rights legislation began to swell. Liberal white religious organizations, especially the National Council of Churches,...