Classic texts: No. 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham City Jail (1963)

Bunyan, Paul (2013) Classic texts: No. 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham City Jail (1963). Community Development Journal. ISSN 0010-3802 DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bst034

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Abstract

2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail’. Written during the height of the struggle for African-American civil rights in the United States, the document (an essay written in the form of an open letter) represents a powerful philosophical and theological treatise about social justice and the nature of social and political change. The letter addresses a number of important themes that remain relevant today for community and political activists concerned with social justice. The article briefly highlights three key issues and their significance in terms of a political understanding of social and political change. First, the nature of a so-called civil society; second, the role of the ‘outsider’ as political agitator; and third, the significance and necessity of tension in promoting social justice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Politics
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 14:55
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/5225

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