Read the first paragraph of King's letter, and then read it aloud.
16 April 1963
My Dear Fellow Clergymen:
While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine goodwill and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
After reading the first paragraph of Dr. King's letter, open the Analysis of Letter pdf below, and answer the following questions.
- Who is the audience or audiences of this letter?
- What is Dr. King's purpose in writing this letter?
Keep the PDF open; you will answer one more question on the next page. Remember to save your work as you go.