MLK’s 1963 Letter From A Birmingham Jail Explains Black Lives Matter Movement

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With all of the controversy about the weekend interruption of Bernie Sanders’ rally by Black Lives Matter activists, perhaps it’s worth refreshing memories about the timing and purpose of nonviolent action; specifically, why the timing will never be right and is always right.

Here’s an excerpt. The full letter is read aloud in the video above, and you can read the full text here.


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