The Common Good
April 2013

Clergy Response to "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

by The Editors | April 2013

On Good Friday 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led a nonviolent march through the streets of Birmingham, Ala., to draw attention to the injustices of segregation. Arrested for marching without a permit, King composed “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in response to eight white ministers who criticized the timing of the civil rights demonstrations. Rebuking the clergymen for not taking a bolder stance against segregation, King declared that “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

Fifty years later, Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT) drafted the first-ever clergy response to King’s seminal letter.

An excerpt of CCT’s thoughtful reply is featured in “'We Dare Not Postpone Action,’” in the April 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine. Click here to download the full CCT response.

 

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