For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.
One day the South will recognize its real heroes.
You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. You may well ask: But for what purpose? Connor and his policemen have been rather nonviolent in public, as was Chief Pritchett in Albany, Georgia, but they have used the moral means of nonviolence to maintain the immoral end of racial injustice.
Connor, they are both segregationists, dedicated to maintenance of the status quo. One is a force of complacency, made up in part of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, are so drained of self respect and a sense of "somebodiness" that they have adjusted to segregation; and in part of a few middle-class Negroes who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because in some ways they profit by segregation, have become insensitive to the problems of the masses.
They have left their secure congregations and walked the streets of Albany, Georgia, with us. Initially King head scheduled the protests to begin in time to disrupt Easter season shopping, giving them economic bite. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary.
I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. Augustine that "an unjust law is no law at all. I had hoped that each of you would understand.
So I have not said to my people: One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. I felt that the white ministers, priests and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies.
I do not say this as one of those negative critics who can always find something wrong with the church. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with.The document available for viewing above is from an early draft of the Letter, while the audio is from King’s reading of the Letter later.
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