Mlk Response

Rutkosky Acceus
ENC 1102
16 Nov, 2011
                        Birmingham persuasion, letter from Birmingham jail addressed to clergymen
On April 16, 1963, The famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, was written by Martin Luther King, Jr. this letter was written for and directed to his audience and a group of clergymen. This letter was in regard to the rebellious acts of the black community in Alabama at the time.According to the clergymen, it states “We clergymen are among those who…issued an appeal for law and order and common sense, in dealing with racial problems in Alabama” (“Letter”).while in jail king wrote this famous master piece that made American history. This document wasn’t just any old document it had more value because of the effective use of the three appeals ethos, logos, and pathos, used to appeal and address   his audience, and the clergymen.  
Ethos is concerned with the self-portrayal of the speaker. Although, it deals with the conscious and unconscious demonstration of the speaker’s character during the delivery of the message. Ethos deals with the appearance of the person not the actual being. The goal of the speaker is to express credibility and authenticity of his character, not about his arguments. Trustworthiness is achieved through perceptions over various channels, e.g., body language, vocal qualities, content, etc. trusting a writer is absolutely necessary, its one thing to just read but its another to take the writer seriously. By quoting “injustice anywhere is   a threat to justice everywhere….Never again can we afford to live with the narrow ,provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea” (King79).King is a spiritual leader that developed   ethos by using text from the Bible, and establishing what he knows and describes the responsibilities of early Christian leaders. According to Mott, “King is pressed to defend his nonviolent direct action, his ‘meddling’; his defense is based largely upon Biblical precedent, that God commands Christians to...