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mina0421 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 16, 2011 at 7:08 AM via web

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MLK presents an argument through analogy by comparing his situation to Apostle Paul. How does this comparison appropriately justify his presence?

"A Letter from Birmingham City Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM (Answer #1)

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A minister himself, the Reverend Martin Luther King felt that just as there was for St. Paul, there is a "due time" connected with every feature of the Divine Plan.  Thus, he believed that he was called to Birmingham just as St. Paul was summoned by the Macedonian to spread the word of God to the Greeks, who were recognized at this time as the foremost people of the world in literature and the arts.  King's summons, however, was to serve the cause of freedom because there were violations of the Supreme Court's ruling of 1954 against segregation in public schools. He writes from the jail in Birmingham,

I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

The Reverend King contends that people are caught in a network, and what one state does affects all the other states of America.  Laws must all be just throughout America or there is no true freedom, just as all peoples needed the word of God so that the good will would be in the hearts of all men.

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mina0421 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:16 AM (Answer #2)

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Thank you :)

A further argument in support of his presence in Birmingham is the “interrelatedness of all communities and states.” please can you explain this to me?

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