The New Leader: MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail

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The New Leader, a New York-based biweekly magazine, published Dr. King?s Letter from Birmingham City Jail. This historic piece is a response to the views of some fellow clergymen that Dr. King's methods are both "unwise and untimely.? King's critics had branded him an "outside agitator" and an extremist who should not be advocating lawbreaking. Dr. King responds with this letter and references prominent historical figures to counter these criticisms. He argues that he is not an extremist because of his moderate stance between the Black Nationalists and complacent Negroes.

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