Letter from Birmingham Jail
'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'
This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent resistance in the fight against racism, and reflects on the healing power of love.
This edition also contains the sermon 'The Three Dimensions of a Com ...more
Laws are there to protect people, though which people are they protecting? MLK understood that the laws of society are not necessarily true laws, or what he saw as god’s laws, and he knew that they needed to be fought and changed for the betterment of mankind. His rhetoric is honest, compassionate and full of purpose.
King’s word were powerful and heroic. Despite th ...more
On the first part: where MLK talks of underlying reasons for demonstrat ...more
The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life is one of the few essays I would tell EV ...more
Martin Luther King Jr. truly has a way with words. At times, the second essay in this little collection felt a bit preachy in reg ...more
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Justice too long delayed is justice denied."
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
The section in whi ...more
Very powerful writing.
The backup feature, "The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life" is dull and pulled only a small amount of emotional involevment. A stark contrast to the title piece. ...more
I'm overjoyed I chose this book to start the year 2019.
Complete review: https://surgabukuku.wordpress.com/201... ...more
Rest in peace, Martin Luther King. ...more
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.[...] For years now I have heard the word "Wait!"[...] This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."
Letter from Birmingham Jail is a powerful defence of nonviolent resistance.
I would highly recommend Leynes' review of a joint edition of Letter from Birming ...more
Last night I made a spur-of-the-moment resolution to read one a day for the next fifty days.
This morning I pulled out the first book (why not go in order I told myself) and found this one.
To be quite honest, this is not a book I was looking forward to ...more
“Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.”
I'm going try to keep this review short because it's a short book (or novella?) I also think you should just do yourself a favor and read this, it shouldn't take too long unless like me you annotate it. (I read this for school and ...more
'𝗟𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗺 𝗝𝗮𝗶𝗹' (𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝟯𝟬 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀):
"𝐍𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐈 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐈'𝐦 𝐚𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐨𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐟 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐤, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐣𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥, 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 ...more
The other text in this work is a speech on how to live a complete life. This work blends Aristotelian ideas of friendship and the relation of the self with Christian theology. I did not find this ...more
This was incredible. I don't have words, it had no error.
Let him speak for himself:
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"
"You deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry that your statement did not express a similar concern for the conditions that brought the demonstrations into ...more
by Martin Luther King, Jr
Published by Penguin Classics
Goodread's Rating: 4.53/5
My Rating: 5/5
"Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "Thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town.
Just as Soc ...more
It's not until you read a really eloquent author that you're properly reminded of how much the mind and soul yearns for well-crafted arguments and poetic writing that feeds them both e ...more
Be a scrub in the valley
The little scrub in the side of the hill,
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
If you can't be a highway just be a trail
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win it fail
Be the best if whatever you are. ...more
What amazed me was the eloquence and intelligence of this man, wh ...more
We must come to see ,with one of our distinguished jurists ,that "justice too long delayed is justice denied".
"There are two types of laws.Just and unjust."
"Segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality."
"Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust on its application ."
One of the books that should be taught at schools.
A must read. Especially now with the election. ...more