Martin Luther King Jr.
(*15. Januar 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia als Michael King Jr.[1] - †4. April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee)

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"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."

Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)

Response to an open letter by fellow clergyman criticizing his participation in civil rights demonstrations (16 April 1963) – full text online 

Recreation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s cell in Birmingham Jail at the National Civil Rights Museum
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY a non-fiction film commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” No longer will the Letter from Birmingham Jail be in the SHADOW of the "I Have a Dream" speech. The film stars community leaders of Columbus, Ohio and educators and leaders of The Ohio State University. The Letter from Birmingham Jail is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. After an early setback, it enjoyed widespread publication and became a key text for the American civil rights movement of the early 1960s.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity 
"Oh Freedom" by The Princely Players from the recording entitled Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions Vol. I-IV, SEW40076, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.(p) (c) 1996. Used by permission.