“injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King Jr. writes these famous words in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 16, 1963, roughly five years before he is assassinated. These words echo as true today as they did in his day.

One cannot speak about prejudice without speaking of the life and influence of Martin Luther King Jr. Both a minister and civil rights activist, he fights racism and segregation through nonviolent means and receives a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his efforts. Posthumously, he is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest awards U.S. citizens can achieve. Countless books are written about him, streets and schools are named after him, monuments depicting him stand throughout our nation, and he is one of the few Americans commemorated by a national holiday.

Perhaps most well-known for his “I Have A Dream” speech, King also organized groups, marches, and campaigns to protest racial injustice. One such protest resulted in one of America’s most famous letters – King’s letter from Birmingham city jail.

The Letter from Birmingham Jail

In April 1963, King and other leaders organize a nonviolent protest in Birmingham, Alabama, to speak out against the racism and segregation occurring in the city. After a week of marches, sit-ins, and other demonstrations, a local judge files an injunction against the protests.  King, along with other leaders, disobey the ruling and continue to protest the racial issues facing Birmingham. Consequently, King and others are arrested and jailed.

In his cell, King pens his famous letter in response to the newspaper reporting on the protests. By studying his letter, and looking at it in light of God’s Word, we can uncover some principles to help us address injustice and prejudice through nonviolent means in our own time.

15 Biblical Principles in
MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

Conclusion

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail is as relevant today as it was in his time, not just because prejudice continues today but because his letter is soaked in biblical truth. King reminds us that fighting prejudice is a difficult battle, but a battle that can be won through persistent, nonviolent efforts which are grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in the Word of God.

“For the word of God will never fail.”
(Luke 1:37 NLT)

ABOUT JUNE HUNT June Hunt is the Founder and CSO (Chief Servant Officer) of Hope for the Heart, the nonprofit Christian ministry she founded in 1986....

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