Formula for Freedom

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The nation we live in cannot pretend to be perfect nor will it ever be; wars, both violent and silent, are fought to form the laws, places, and people we know. The solutions that are forever written down in history books are composed of a great deal of persuasion. With segregation, those who desire equal rights choose this method to attempt a revolution. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. eventually becomes one of the most well-known activists for the desegregation of the South. King uses logos in “Letter from Birmingham Jail” along with an honest, influential, and knowledgeable tone to clarify the reasons behind his actions that put him in jail in Birmingham. King demonstrates honesty in his words to the clergymen by having no secrets about his agenda. He immediately explains what brings him and keeps him in Birmingham. He informs the clergymen that even though they call him an “outsider coming in,” he is invited in as a leader of a Christian organization in the south, and he points out that as long as a person lives within the United States, that person cannot be regarded as an “outsider” (131). King goes on to reveal that what really keeps him in Birmingham is the injustice that engrosses the city and the entire south that he believes is, in part, his responsibility to resolve. He makes it clear that, if not for the waiting before beginning any nonviolent protests, he would not stay quite as long. He points out a double standard to the clergymen that they have about the events going on throughout Birmingham. King is displeased with the clergymen commending the policemen instead of the noble protesters, but he understands that in time “the South will recognize its heroes” (141). He wants the clergymen to understand that treating black... ... middle of paper ... ... is preferred by the white moderates instead of a constructive peace that establishes justice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explains why he ended up in jail in Birmingham through logos using an honest, influential, and knowledgeable tone. He uses biblical references, gets straight to the point, and aims to change the minds of the Alabama clergymen with his letter. Dr. King makes it hard to continue disagreeing with him after reading “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” He proves that fighting for what is right is difficult, but in the end, justice prevails. Paul “Bear” Bryant, another wise and influential man, once said, “The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.” Works Cited King, Jr., Martin Luther. “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Discovering a Voice: A Rhetoric for Writers. The University of West Alabama. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead, 2009. 131-42. Print.

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