Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Fifty three years ago, Martin Luther King Jr’s wrote a letter to a group that had publicly questioned his motives and actions. This letter is one of the most important, and famous letters of the Civil Rights movement, and if you’ve read it, you know why. For example, you may have heard this quote:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

This classic letter was written with courage and conviction, as well as clarity and style. Yesterday, I came across a tweet on my feed that linked to this article – The Atlantic’s posting of Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letters From Birmingham Jail.” I had read it before, a couple of years ago, and even posted it here on my blog, but I decided to read it again, and I was reminded of the resolve one must have to lead effectively — to make a difference. It was a pleasant shock to the system, so to speak — a much needed reminder for the constant need of leadership rooted firmly in one’s convictions, particularly biblical conviction (like King Jr’s), and the need for ongoing reformation in an imperfect world.

If you have not read it, I strongly recommend it.


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