“Letter from Birmingham Jail”
(1963) A letter that Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed to his fellow clergymen while he was in jail in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, after a nonviolent protest against racial segregation (see also sit-ins). King defended the apparent impatience of people in the civil rights movement, maintaining that without forceful actions like his, equal rights for black people would never be gained. King upheld the general use of nonviolent civil disobedience against unjust laws, saying that human rights must take precedence over such laws. He claimed that “one who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly”; such a person, King said, is actually showing respect for law, by insisting that laws be just.
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As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
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Your letter highlights so many of the harsh realities trans people face, specifically in regard to how society rejects us.
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A letter from Fajardo to the king (December 10, 1621) concerns various matters of administration and business.
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With this letter is another by the same writer, dated July 30, 1622—a postscript to a duplicate of the preceding letter.