Assignment 2: LASA 1 â€“ Letters from Birmingham
Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things, a civil rights activist, nonviolent protestor, organizer, teacher, son, husband, father, and a black man. Many forget that he was first, a Christian Southern Baptist minister and preacher. His religious faith informed his ethical actions. After reading selections from Martin Luther King, Jr.â€™s, Letters from the Birmingham Jail, explore the role of Christian ethics in Kingâ€™s actions during the turbulent times in the South in the 1960s. Consider the following:
- King was in Birmingham to address the issue of injustice by organizing a protest. Define the injustice and the protest and explain how Judeo-Christian ethics were applied to allow for civil disobedience. How was the injustice in Birmingham tied to all communities in the South?
- King lists four steps to nonviolent campaigns. Name them. How did these flow from Kingâ€™s Christian ethical principles? How did King reconcile the â€œeye for an eyeâ€ Jewish ethical principle with the Christian â€œlove one anotherâ€ ethical principle of nonviolence?
- How do Kingâ€™s ethical principles help him defend against the charges that his protests and law breaking were â€œuntimelyâ€ considering the political situation in Birmingham at the time?
- Consider areas of conflict in the world today. Pick one and discuss how Kingâ€™s actions and his ethical principles might resolve the issue.
King Jr., M. L. (1963). Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Retrieved from EBSCOhost database Academic Search Elite. Letters from Birmingham Jail
Post a 600â€“750-word paper discussing all of the questions