Letter From The Birmingham Jail

By Martin Luther King Jr.

Confined to the Birmingham city jail, Dr. King succinctly and carefully answers the criticism of his fellow clergymen regarding the nonviolent protests of the civil rights movement. King writes, "I have looked at the South's beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings. Over and over I have found myself asking: 'What king of people worship here? Who is there God? Where were their voices . . .?" King's questions for the white church and its leadership are one's for his day and our day too.