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Podcast 101 - Letter From Birmingham Jail

 
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This is incredibly powerful to me, being from Birmingham.. I appreciate this wonderful community that only wants to empower people with knowledge and positivity. Thank you!
 
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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.
 
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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.  
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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My experience with this podcast was interesting. I don't really know Paul -- I've watched a few videos, read a few posts and essays, and one book. But I decided a while back to listen to the podcasts. So I started at #1 and started listening. Having only skipped one along the way (I won't ever need to know how to raise pigs), this one was my 100th. But along that listening trip, I heard Paul disparage, or at least express disinterest in, social justice, so many times, that venerating this work of Dr. King seems out of place and I was half-expecting a cringy critical discussion at the end. Now I'm sort of wondering what I misunderstood. Maybe the nuances will come clearer as I continue to listen.
 
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I think there is some really fucked up stuff flying under the banner of "justice".  These is also some (I think) deeply wholesome stuff flying under the same banner.
 
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Dave Bennett wrote:It is no longer possible to listen online?  I had to download the podcast.  


tis is the text of the letter:
https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Since forever the various churches have always encouraged "peace" as they understand it: Absence of rebellion, even when you are mistreated:
"You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city's white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative."
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:....

Today is also a good day to share about someone most of us have never heard of: Bayard Rustin.

on Netflix Canada documentary Rustin is available.  I am watching it in honor of him. Thanks for the info.

Coming from the UK mid 70s, I couldn't understand why no one knew of the band Hot Chocolate who were BIG and meanwhile Jimi Hendrix got his big pro.otional push on Radio One. I was only 10 when I first came to North America, totally oblivious to racial discrimination but overly aware of class discrimination and reverse class discrimination.  

We traveled NC, SC and Alabama.  I loved the friendly Americans with their deep accents, off the beaten track diners. It was years later I learned about discrimination,  the other Birmingham,  big sugar, and the power elite. Back then, I just recall we had a sign in our back window of our Ontario plated Caprice : a union jack with "thank God we lost" written underneath and we had stations wagons full of families honking and waving as they drove by! I suppose we never got harassed by police because that would have been career suicide!

 
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Ra Kenworth wrote:

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:....

Today is also a good day to share about someone most of us have never heard of: Bayard Rustin.

on Netflix Canada documentary Rustin is available.  I am watching it in honor of him. Thanks for the info.

Coming from the UK mid 70s, I couldn't understand why no one knew of the band Hot Chocolate who were BIG and meanwhile Jimi Hendrix got his big pro.otional push on Radio One. I was only 10 when I first came to North America, totally oblivious to racial discrimination but overly aware of class discrimination and reverse class discrimination.  

We traveled NC, SC and Alabama.  I loved the friendly Americans with their deep accents, off the beaten track diners. It was years later I learned about discrimination,  the other Birmingham,  big sugar, and the power elite. Back then, I just recall we had a sign in our back window of our Ontario plated Caprice : a union jack with "thank God we lost" written underneath and we had stations wagons full of families honking and waving as they drove by! I suppose we never got harassed by police because that would have been career suicide!

 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:....

Today is also a good day to share about someone most of us have never heard of: Bayard Rustin.



On Netflix Canada documentary Rustin is available.  I am watching it in honor of him. Thanks for the info.

Coming from the UK mid 70s, I couldn't understand why no one knew of the band Hot Chocolate who were BIG and meanwhile Jimi Hendrix got his big pro.otional push on Radio One. I was only 10 when I first came to North America, totally oblivious to racial discrimination but overly aware of class discrimination and reverse class discrimination.  

We traveled NC, SC and Alabama.  I loved the friendly Americans with their deep accents, off the beaten track diners. It was years later I learned about discrimination,  the other Birmingham,  big sugar, and the power elite. Back then, I just recall we had a sign in our back window of our Ontario plated Caprice : a union jack with "thank God we lost" written underneath and we had stations wagons full of families honking and waving as they drove by! I suppose we never got harassed by police because that would have been career suicide!
 
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