There are many reasons why:
On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is put in a Birmingham city jail. His arrest and the critique from fellow clergymen urging protesters to take change "slow," prompted Dr. King to write the now widely known, "A Letter from a Birmingham City Jail." This letter, in short, advocated for Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolent direct action. In the opening pages he writes:
Dr. King’s statement about the inter-relatedness of all people resonated in the reactions to images from Birmingham.
|Police turned attack dogs and fire hoses on Birmingham city |
protesters, many of them children and teens in May of 1963.
The horrific images were captured by news cameras and
covered all over the world.
As we look back at the events of 1963, they leave room to consider how our issues “then” coincide with issues “now.”