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A Visit with Justice: Discussion on Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham City Jail
Justice is socially constructed, man-made, and natural. However, for Dr. King, justice is ontological, divine, and tension oriented. This presentation discusses Dr. King's April 16, 1963, Letter written when he was arrested and jailed during a civil rights protest in Birmingham. It is an analysis of some of the arguments Dr. King advanced that were central to the civil rights movement and the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the United States. This presentation explores the letter’s relevance considering its fundamental goal: the need for social change in the United States. However, it is essential to note that Dr. King’s assertion of social change in this Letter was defined within what he considers: “the Gospel of Freedom.” This presentation explores Dr. King’s approach to asserting the claims of the “Gospel of Freedom” in relation to the 21st-century assertion for social change.
Facilitiated by Dr. George Walters-Sleyon
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