And I am further convinced that if our white brothers dismiss as "rabble rousers" and "outside agitators" those of us who employ nonviolent direct action, and if they refuse to support our nonviolent efforts, millions of Negroes will, out of frustration and despair, seek solace and security in black nationalist ideologies--a development that would inevitably lead to a frightening racial nightmare.
We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the nation, because the goal of America is freedom.
I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great grandson of preachers. You warmly commended the Birmingham police force for keeping "order" and "preventing violence.
They have languished in filthy, roach infested jails, suffering the abuse and brutality of policemen who view them as "dirty nigger-lovers. Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?
Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred? As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon us.
But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future. Having aided in this community need, we felt that our direct action program could be delayed no longer.
They were too God-intoxicated to be "astronomically intimidated. Let me give another explanation. Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.
Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.
Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? Others have marched with us down nameless streets of the South.
In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Never before have I written so long a letter.
I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.
So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice.
Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South's beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward.
How could I do otherwise? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. Is not segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness? I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers.
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