Birmingham Essays

  • Industry Of Birmingham

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    Industry of Birmingham As I walked around Birmingham I looked at the abandoned factories. Even though we were told that Birmingham was a big industrial centre, these abandoned factories really grabbed my attention. As I looked at these factories I imagined smoke coming out of the chimneys, the sound of machines and people working and vans or trucks driving in and out of the gates, but as I took another look, all these things were gone and only an old building was left. This made me wonder, how did

  • birmingham bowling

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    BIRMINGHAM BOWLING CENTERS The first bowling house in Birmingham is somewhat of a mystery. As happens so many times, it depends on whom you ask. Some say there was a bowling house on 1st Avenue North near the Old Terminal Station; while others say the YMCA had the first, with either two or four bowling lanes located in the YMCA building. It is agreed, however, that the first regularly used bowling center was opened in 1933 and known as The Phoenix Bowling Alley, located in the basement of the Phoenix

  • Ballad of Birmingham

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    Ballad of Birmingham In the poem Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall, written in 1969, Mr. Randall uses of irony to describes the events of the mothers decision, and also her concern for the welfare of her darling little child. It seems odd that this child would even know what a freedom march is, but this would be considered normal back in the early 1960's, when Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. had rallies and freedom marches to free the African American people from discrimination and segregation

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail

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    Letter from a Birmingham Jail Is an individual ever morally justified in breaking a law?  The answer to this question is yes.  There are several reasons that have made me believe that it is morally justifiable in breaking the law; however the most convincing comes from Dr. Martin Luther King in his letter from a Birmingham Jail.  " We can never forget what that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal..." (Classic Arguments 668).  King went on in his letter to say that it would

  • Dudley Randall's Poem "Ballad of Birmingham"

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    Dudley Randall was born on January 19, 1914 in Washington D.C. and died on August 2, 2000 in Southfield, Michigan. His mother Ada Viloa was a teacher and his father Arthur George Clyde Randall was a Congregational minister. His father was very much into politics because of that Dudley and his brother would listen to prominent black speakers. When Randall was about nine years old he and his family move to Detroit, Michigan in 1920. By the time he was thirteen he had his first poem published in the

  • Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall

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    Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall In 'Ballad of Birmingham,' Dudley Randall illustrates a conflict between a child who wishes to march for civil rights and a mother who wishes only to protect her child. Much of this poem is read as dialogue between a mother and a child, a style which gives it an intimate tone and provides insight to the feelings of the characters. Throughout the poem the child is eager to go into Birmingham and march for freedom with the people there. The mother, on the

  • The Birmingham Bombings: Views of Martin Luther King and Jessie Jackson

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    The Birmingham Bombings: Views of Martin Luther King and Jessie Jackson The bombings and marches in Birmingham Alabama were major concerns for all civil rights leaders. During the 50’s and 60’s, civil rights leaders fought against injustice in different ways. Some civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and Jessie Jackson fought against injustice with a pen. In 1963 Martin Luther King wrote a letter titled, “Letter From a Birmingham Jail”, and Jessie Jackson wrote, “Jets of Water Blast

  • Comparing Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail

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    Comparing Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Martin Luther King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail The two essays, "Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau, and "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., effectively illustrate the authors' opinions of justice. Each author has his main point; Thoreau, in dealing with justice as it relates to government, asks for "not at once no government, but at once a better government. King contends that "injustice anywhere is a threat to

  • Comparing The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 and My Brother Sam Is Dead

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    Comparing The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 and My Brother Sam Is Dead In the novels The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, two young boys are faced with the challenge of learning the moral and ethical codes that will shape their futures. Kenny Watson and Tim Meeker live in very different times, but they face events that complicate their lives. Though one boy learns his morals through playful encounters

  • Dudley Randall's Poem Ballad of Birmingham

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    Dudley Randall's Poem Ballad of Birmingham The poem 'The Ballad of Birmingham', by Dudley Randall, is based on the historical event of the bombing in 1963 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s church by white terrorists. It is a poem in which a daughter expresses her interest in attending a civil rights rally and the mother fearful for her daughter's safety refuses to let her go. In the poem the daughter in fighting for the course of the operessed people of her time/generation instead of going out to

  • Birmingham Jail

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    Letter From Birmingham Jail By: Austin Ignatovich 11/18/15 Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. was one of the bravest protesters for the civil rights movement and was also very well educated. In his letter from a Birmingham Jail to his “fellow Clergymen” he answers some questions the Clergymen have on his actions and views about the civil rights movement. MLK’s contemplative tone shows that he knows what what he wants to do and exactly how to do it. He knows what time of year to do it, where to do it

  • Birmingham 1963

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    In April and May of 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was a focal point for the civil rights movement. Birmingham was home to one of the most violent cells of the KKK and violence against black people was so commonplace (especially in the form of explosives) that it was referred to as “Bombingham.” It was these conditions that lead Martin Luther King to arrive and organize a series of non-violent protests in the city. These protests were relatively low key and weren’t very well attended. This was due

  • Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism

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    Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism Although the time periods and goals may be different the method for bringing about change is usually the same, this method is protest.   This method is supported by two different people, in two different time periods, with two different goals; these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Junior. Martin Luther King Junior's letter from a Birmingham Jail was an expression of his encouragement for protest against

  • Peace And Violence In Dudley Randall's Ballad Of Birmingham

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    appear in the least expected location. Dudley Randall's “Ballad of Birmingham” gives a poetic ballad of the bombing of the Birmingham church in Alabama in 1963. Its theme is revolved around the belief that no place is safe from racial hatred if a society doesn’t offer equal protection and punishment. Her mom trusts there is a place secure from racial hatred and violence. Her naïve belief cost her daughter’s life. “Ballad of Birmingham” specifically retells the story of Addie Mae Collins. Addie Mae Collins

  • Letter Written By MLK From Birmingham City Jail, Alabama

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    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

  • Letter To Birmingham Jail

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    While Martin Luther King Jr. was imprisoned in Birmingham Jail King wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, King responds to the eight clergymen about the injustice and problems in society that he and his race face. He also tells the clergymen about non-violent direct action and how he and his people have waited too long by saying “Justice too long delayed is justice denied” (par. 11), and that action must be taken in order for them to fight for their goal of

  • Birmingham Bigots Busted

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    and turns it against the authors, making his response over six times longer than the letter. The letter King wrote from Birmingham Jail was a vital turning point in the desegregation movement. If King wasn't arrested then perhaps the letter from the clergymen would have never been authored; however that would also prevent his reply written 24 days prior to the May 10th Birmingham agreement which ended segregation within the city. The clergymen try to build a case that the outsiders coming into town

  • Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

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    Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is an excellent example of an effective argument; it was written in response to an editorial addressing the issue of Negro demonstrations and segregation in Alabama at the time. He writes in a way that makes his argument approachable; he is not attacking his opposition, which consists of eight Alabama clergymen who wrote the editorial. This is illustrated in his opening sentence: “My dear Fellow Clergymen” (464). King was an activist for civil

  • The Real Life Events Illustrated in The Ballad of Birmingham, by Dudley Randall

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    The tragic poem, “The Ballad of Birmingham,” begins with a young child asking an imploring question to her mother, “May I go downtown instead of out to play” (Randall, 669)? The author, Dudley Randall, illustrates the conflict and irony between the mother and her child. The mother only wants to protect her child from the dangers that await her, but the child on the other hand, only wants to be a part of the Freedom March in Birmingham, Alabama. “The Ballad of Birmingham” was written about the real life

  • Analysis of Letter from Birmingham by Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Letter from Birmingham by Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr., is one of the most recognized, if not the greatest civil rights activist in this century. He has written papers and given speeches on the civil rights movement, but one piece stands out as one of his best writings. “Letter from Birmingham” was an intriguing letter written by King in jail in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. He was responding to a letter written by eight Alabama Clergyman that was published in a Birmingham Alabama