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QUOTING: uses the exact words of the original, separated from your own sentence via quotation marks. (“[insertquotation]”)

 

Directions: Read “How to Use Quotes” before proceeding. You should have already read and annotated “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Give a full answer integrating direct quotations into your own sentence.

 

1. Under what circumstances was King imprisoned in Birmingham Jail? WWhat were the demonstrations that took place in Birmingham responding to? 

 

 

 

2. Who is the letter addressed to? How would you characterize its tone?

 

3. What does King mean when says “Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid”? Who is Paul and how does his circumstance parallel King’s?

 

 

 

 

4. Why did they initially delay the protest? 

 

 

 

 

5. What does King mean by nonviolent direct action? 

 

 


 

 

 

6. Why is King critical of “those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation”? What recommendation on their part is he particularly critical of?

 

 

 

7. How does King rebut the argument made by those who claimed to be concerned about their demonstration breaking the law? 

 

 

8. How does King distinguish between just law and unjust law? How does he use this distinction to oppose segregation?

 

 

9. Find three examples of civil disobedience. Research them using Google and then write a summary of each case and its relevance to King’s argument. 

 

 

10. What is King’s critique of the white moderate?

 

11. Compare King’s position with that of Fanon. What are some similarities between the two scholars and revolutionary leaders? What are some differences in how they think about the question of violence?

 

12. What does King lament about vis a vis organized religion and its shoring up of the status quo?

 

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