Topic: Read Martin Luther King Jr-'s "Letter from a Iiirmin ,ham Jail-, and address ONE of the following prompts: 1. What criticisms is King responding to in this letter? Examine how he uses others' statements as fuel for his own argument (and the effectiveness of this strategy). King claims that there are just and unjust laws. How does he define a just law as opposed to an unjust one, and how does this definition influence his approach to protest?
3. How important of a part does religion play in this letter? Examine how King uses Christian theology and imagery to frame his argument.
4. Based on context clues, who do you think King's intended audience is? What specific actions does he want them to take?
5. What are King's views on extremism, violence, and non-violent action? How does he frame those views in the context of protest and racial inequality? 6. King states that he has been "disappointed by the white moderate". How/why has he been disappointed, and what role does he feel white moderates have played in perpetuating racial inequality?
7. Examine how King uses ethos, pathos, and logos in this letter. Does he use them effectively? Does he lean more toward pathos or logos, or balance between them? 8. King talks a lot about timeliness, the timing of the protests, and the timeline for desegregation/equality. Discuss his arguments about time, timing, and waiting. What historical and religious figures does King mention in this letter, and how does he use them as precedents for his own actions? You may use secondary sources to discuss this piece. All sources (including King's letter) must be cited with in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Use MLA essay format, with an introduction, thesis statement, body paragraphs, and conclusion. If you would like to address an aspect of this letter not listed here, please email me for approval first.
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