Thank you! A good thing to share with my kid and with other people. I had what people consider a good education at a very good school, but never read this letter when I was in school. Wish I had, and wish others had.
Thank you, Paul. Anyone looking for a place to travel? Paul, I invite the Permie community to visit Alabama, come to Birmingham, Montgomery, & Selma. Powerful experiences await by visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s experiential museum, the radical sculpture park across the street in historic Kelly Ingram Park- staging ground for many demonstrations and to this day used for rallies and demonstrations for peace and justice, and the 16th Street Baptist Church where the 4 Little Girls were murdered. If you’re a baseball nut, also take advantage of the Negro Southern League Museum. Read Just Mercy, & visit EJI’s Legacy Museum & Memorial Park In Montgomery. There is also the Rosa Parks Museum & The home of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Then it’s on to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Unfortunately, the struggle, the inequities, & destructive effects of racism continue everywhere.
https://www.bcri.org/ https://www.bcri.org/https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/ Debra from Birmingham but living in rural, intentional Alabama community, Common Ground circa 1978.
Paul, thanks for recording and posting this. My favorite professor at the University of Oregon, a man of incredible integrity and compassion, created and performed two one-man shows while I was there. I was fortunate to see both. One was an evening with Leonardo Da Vinci. The other was a reading of Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." MLK was a giant among us, and thankfully he offered us his broad shoulders to stand on and continue to reach higher.
This is one of the most powerful, most meticulously composed pieces of writing I know. I use passages from it in my writing course to demonstrate how to use sentence structure to effectively get across your points. It pleases me that I am simultaneously infecting my students' minds with MLK's ideas.
Good night. Drive safely. Here's a tiny ad for the road: