Timeliness and Justice
This chapter discusses Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from the Birmingham Jail. King was religiously educated, motivated, and inspired. Religion sustained King and the civil rights movement in a way not dissimilar from the Abolitionist movement a century before. But religion did not constitute King's path to the higher law — political morality did. For King, destroying racial segregation was the just thing to do, and its elimination had to come about through democratic participation open to all on equal bases.
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