Cultural Literacy: Letter from Birmingham Jail

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Martin Luther King Jr.’s justly famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” This is a full-page document, so it is suitable for use as independent practice–or however you need to alter it for your students. This is a brief introduction to the letter and the gravamen of its argument. It should not, indeed cannot, be used as a substitute for the actual text of the Letter.

As you probably know, the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” remains one of the great pieces of English rhetoric, as well as an important philosophical statement. It is, in every sense, a world-historical document. It should be taught as such–as well as for its importance to the Civil Rights movement in the United States.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review

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