Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation
Jonathan Rieder surveys the events that gave rise to King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and offers a fresh perspective on the letter's substance.
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" at 50
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"—and the Christian Century published it.
The words of
Proverbs 29:18--"where there is no vision, the people perish" (KJV)--seem
appropriate for reflections on Moses's vision of the promised land.
Many aspects of governing exist outside the president's control, via rhetoric or anything else.
I had an English professor who used to get
deeply annoyed whenever students would cite some literary passage but not
bother to quote it exactly. I recall him telling us, "Look, if you're going to
quote somebody, get it right."