Martin Luther King

Letter From a Birmingham Jail

This week, your task is to respond to the letter written by Martin Luther King. After reading the “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” I want you to answer the following two questions:

1. What do you feel was Dr. Martin Luther King’s best argument in his letter to counter the clergy’s Unity Letter?

2. Why do you feel it was an effective argument? Was there anything in the targeting theory and Maslow’s Hierarchy that might be applicable here? How did he target the “needs” or the beliefs of the clergy who were the recipients of the letter? Remember, he was writing to the clergy in Birmingham who felt that Dr. King was an outsider who should not be in Birmingham. How effective or well targeted was Dr. King’s argument?

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