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Creon's GhostLaw, Justice, and the Humanities$
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Joseph Tomain

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333411.001.0001

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Timeliness and Justice

Timeliness and Justice

(p.187) Seven Timeliness and Justice
Creon's Ghost

Joseph P. Tomain

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Martin Luther King, Birmingham, religion, democracy, education, affirmative action, Grutter v. Bollinger

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