February 12, 2019
Cooper Library Meeting Room
200 South 6th Street
Opelika, AL 36801
Tuesdays at Two: Dr. Robert Schaefer
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Dr. Robert Schaefer: “Extremists for the Cause of Justice: Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
In the spring of 1963, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference joined forces with the Alabama Christian Movement for Civil Rights to protest segregation in Birmingham. The city government requested a court injunction forbidding the groups from marching. Martin Luther King declared, “We cannot in all good conscience obey such an injunction which is an unjust, undemocratic and unconstitutional misuse of the legal process.” After his arrest, eight fellow clergymen publicly criticized King’s actions as being “unwise and untimely.” King’s letter to them—and to the world—clarifies his belief in the necessity of the nonviolent yet “illegal” campaign. King addresses many issues in his thoughtful letter, including the accusation that he is an outside agitator.