Letter from Birmingham Jail: A reflection of the broader cultural context

Although it is not exactly a biblical studies blog post, it was written for my American Church History course at Fuller Theological Seminary at the Sacramento campus. It has had 709 views to date, making it the 3rd most viewed “religious” blog post here on Iakobou to date. Repost!


About: this paper was delivered to Dr. Scott Lupo at Fuller Theological Seminary during my second year for a class on American Church History.


The voice of the African American community was muted for many years. Segregation suppressed the voice as it oppressed the community and stripped them of freedom. But when the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. rolled around, and when African Americans gained a new sense of dignity, they decided to stand up, or, in many cases, sit down, for their right to freedom.

King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail reflected the African American desire for freedom in the middle of the twentieth century. We will look at the African American Revolution—the events that led up to the arrests in Birmingham starting in the middle of the 1950s—and we will examine King’s letter, so that we might see how his letter reflected the broader cultural context and…

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