Category: King, Jr., Martin Luther

essay canon dispatch no. 10 — “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” by MLK, Jr. (60’s)

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MLK, Jr., and Stokely Carmichael, 1966. image found here

[CN: White supremacy, anti-Black racism]

And so the capstone to the CNF Essay Canon reading project is “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.”

It doesnt seem like a good idea to scribble too much about this piece, pointing out its rhetorical strategies, metaphors, and allusion to a wide range of religious texts. Instead ill pull out some choice quotes which are very striking in light of the current uprisings.