Project #69886 - MLK and the past and present of African American


The project is in two parts about 5 to 7 pages: 


Topic:  Part One:  Compare and Contrast Martin Luther King'sLetter from Birmingham Jail, with 

  Letter from a Group of Clergymen, Birmingham, April 12 1963

 -Letter from Birmingham Jail:


-Letter from a Group of Clergymen:


First:  What charges and accusations do the Clergymen level against Reverend Martin Luther King and against outside agitators generally? There is about one per paragraph.  Put these into your own words.

Second:  Identify MLK's responses to the charges. Are they convincing to you?  Are there any to which he fails to respond?  What different kinds of evidence does he use to support his responses? 

Third: Are his responses convincing, or not so?  Explain why or how you came to this conclusion.


Topic:  Part Two:  Consider Martin Luther's "I Have a Dream" speech in the light of the over 50 years 

which have passed since he gave it.

-I have a Dream :


What were the key points in his dream? From your perspective, in what ways have we made progress as a nation?  In what ways have we more work to do?  To help you consider some recent occurrences, you can use these resources because in this assignment no outside resources:




In Ferguson:

- “When Rioting is Rational”


-“In Defense of Black Rage”


-“In Ferguson, the Violence of the State Created the Violence of the Street”:



-Resisting State Violence: Justice or Just Us?



-bell hooks “killing rage”


In Baltimore:


-“The long, painful and repetitive history of how Baltimore became Baltimore”

-“Two Reports Illustrate the Paradox of Baltimore”


-“The Brutality of Police Culture on Baltimore” :


-“Baltimore Youths Have it Worse Than Those in Nigeria”:


- 10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of Dozens


-“Man Who Shot Freddie Gray Arrest Video: ‘I Finally Made a Difference’”

-“We Have a Right to Be in the Streets for Freddie”


-“The Dominant White Response to Baltimore Shows Why Black Residents Are Justified in Their Anger”



-“Baltimore: The Fire Next Time”


-“Baltimore’s Violent Protestors Are Right”


In general:


-“Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance”



-“Why Don’t American Cities Burn Very Often?”


-“Who Killed L.A.: A Political Autopsy”


-“The Case for Reparations”


- “Segregation Now: The Re-segregation of America’s Schools”


Note: MLA Format

Note: No outside resources, except resources menetioned above

Note: I'm an internaional student so the professor is expecting high school level from me


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Due By (Pacific Time) 05/13/2015 05:00 pm
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