When Martin Luther King Jr. was writing a response letter from a prison cell to eight Alabama clergy men, who questioned King’s methods, King was certainly aware of the significance of his actions and his writing, it is clearly seen in his letter. His actions were justified by great minds, were coming from right circumstances, and causes.
The whole letter enriched me with a lot of dense information, it charged my mind with knowledge, left me in awe. King kept writing about how there is no time for waiting, because at that point waiting meant never. He talked how the fight for freedom does not know convenience.
I began envisioning King writing in the cell. Oppression from outside the walls and within as well. I envision everything is cuddled with darkness, and only one light, so strong, so beautiful illuminates everything. The light is King’s soul, mind, and body.
It is refreshing just to see such a powerful writing in the text book. Everything in it is just direction and opinions, at least from what we had to read thus far. However, King’s letter to me stood out, this writing was part of a movement, of an engine that improved the world.
My favorite is that King’s letter shows what a rich personality he is, examples would be the numerous references to historical thinkers, it shows that King was living in a room filled with those numerous voices, which guided him through the darkness, which helped him to improve the world, by referencing them King reminded to the society of the greatness that is underneath all prejudice. The richness of his personality is also expressed through the length of the letter. At the end of the letter King concludes by pointing out that he did write a lot. When I picture the atmosphere and the setting of where the letter was written, I understand that it is what partially drove him to write, writing was his escape route at that moment.