His uses of elements such as allusion, rhetorical questions and juxtaposition all tied in with an element of hope to create a gripping argument for equality.
It alludes to numerous secular thinkers, as well as to the Bible.
It is passionate and controlled, and was subsequently appropriated by many writing textbooks as a model of persuasive writing.
It was these acts of violence–broadcast on national television– that pricked the national conscience, and marked a turning point not only in Birmingham but also in the Civil Rights Movement as a whole.
Telegrams flooded the White House conveying outrage, and it became clear that the Kennedy Administration would have to confront civil rights issues more directly.
Throughout the entire letter to the eight clergymen he never gets too far from the fight for equality in Birmingham.
His incredible metaphors truly show his strong nature.King is speaking of a totally justified form of civil disobedience.He also goes into actions that are regarded as legal and actions that were regarded as illegal. During that time he composed his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." The letter was ostensibly conceived in response to a letter that had recently run in a local newspaper, which had claimed that the protests were "unwise and untimely"; however, King also quite deliberately wrote his letter for a national audience.The letter reveals King's strength as a rhetorician and his breadth of learning.Afterward they marched downtown, singing "We Shall Overcome," and nearly a thousand youths were arrested.The next day, more young people had arrived to replenish the ranks, and another march occurred.The method was dangerous–kids could get hurt–but also potentially very symbolically powerful: children were the beneficiaries of the movement; they represented the movement's hope for the future.On 2 May King addressed a young crowd at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church."Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." When King says this he "The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter." In the paragraph that follows he reveals to outsiders what real life is like as a colored person living in a white world.If unjust laws are broken openly and intentionally and are done willing to accept the punishment then you have the highest respect for the law.