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08 March 2012

Analysis of Martin Luther King’s letter
While martin Luther king was in jail for the protest against segregation, eight clergymen wrote a letter and published it in the newspaper telling king that they wanted him to leave and not to interfere will the way they handle injustice in their town. King responded with a letter in hopes to bring justice to the desperate need for nonviolent direct action, the immorality of unjust laws and as well as the increasing probability of the “Negro” resorting to extreme disorder and bloodshed.   His main frustration came from disappointment with the Church who, in his opinion, had not lived up to their responsibilities as people of God. King goes in validating why he and several others members of his staff are there and makes it clear that he was invited there and because of his organizational ties. King shows a generous attitude towards the white clergymen whom he calls “men of genuine goodwill”. This helped him gather the support of those people who otherwise would not have supported King. This soft tone seems to have appealed to many white audiences.
King was very intelligent to use his letter to get his voice to the public. The letter uses various techniques to appeal to different audiences. Most of the people were highly influenced by religion at that time. So, in many parts of the letter, he uses the name of God to appeal to the people. King uses logic, ethics, and emotion to convince these clergymen and also the "white

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moderate" why civil rights should be granted to African Americans.   King compares himself to Apostle Paul and other prophets that wanted to bring freedom elsewhere. King wanted to bring freedom to other cities and that's why he promised to help the Alabama group with the segregation issue. King uses logic when he points out that these clergymen are being bias and only looking at the situations from one side. King...