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Full Text: Letter from a Birmingham Jail, [MLK]

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

16 April 1963

My Dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms. Read the rest of this entry

Marking History: Monuments to Malevolence 


A remarkable project is underway to memorialize the thousands of victims of lynching. The project is spearheaded by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative.

It is a somber, almost hauntingly beautiful work of art and will list the names of the U.S.’s 4,000 lynching victims, as well as place historical markers (similar to the one pictured above) in each of the more than 800 counties across the country where the lynchings took place. Read the rest of this entry

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