In April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama after he defied a state courts injunction and led a march of black protesters without a permit, urging an Easter boycott of white-owned stores. A statement published in The Birmingham News, written by eight moderate white clergymen, criticized the march and other demonstrations.This prompted King to write a lengthy response, begun in the margins of the newspaper. He smuggled it out with the help of his lawyer, and the nearly 7,000 words were transcribed. The eloquent call for constructive, nonviolent tension to force an end to unjust laws became a landmark document of the civil-rights movement.
Featuring: Award-winning actor Troy Anthony Harris
Photo Credit: Staley Jophiel Munroe
Ages: ages 10 and up