This Research Guide was developed to accompany the speech at Marquette University given by Fr. Bryan Massingale on January 22, 2013, entitled "King's Birmingham City Jail Letter 50 Years Later." The speech was part of the Freedom Project at Marquette commemmorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Boxes on this page:
- Academic Articles--Religious Journals
- Academic Articles--Literary, Cultural, and Communications Journals
- Academic Articles--History, Law, and Political Science Journals
- Academic Articles--Law Reviews
- Reenactment of Martin Luther King Writing the Letter
- Editions of the Letter
- Search Our Catalog
- Sample Books at MU
- Encyclopedia Entries
- Chicago Defender
- New York Times
- Chicago Tribune
- The Times (London)
- Archive of the MLK Center
Academic Articles--History, Law, and Political Science Journals
Academic Articles--Law Reviews
In the column on the left select US Legal. Under US Legal select Law Reviews. In the first search window enter "Birmingham jail". In the window to the right marked Everywhere click on the dropdown arrow and select At Least 5 Occurrences. If you want more hits go back and select Everywhere, but you will get many irrelevant hits.
Reenactment of Martin Luther King Writing the Letter
This video is a reenactment with Cory Jones acting as Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Ya'Ke Smith. Actor starts talking at 4:12 and it goes with the 48 paragraph letter word for word. It was produced by the University of Texas's McComb School of Management. Click on More Information on the top right of the screen.
Editions of the Letter
Background on the writing of the letter from The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.
The complete text from The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.
An excerpted text from TeachingkAmericanHistory.org.
The letter from white clergy to which King responded. The reenactment in the box above also contains the letter from white clergy to which King reacted.
Sample Books at MU
The Chicago Defender was a national black newspaper during most of the 20th century.
When you click on the above link you will land on the homepage of the Black Studies Center. Under Keywords enter "Birmingham jail". Under Publication Year enter 1963 to 1964. Under Content Type uncheck all boxes except Newspapers. Click on Search.
Archive of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change
This remarkable digital archive it contains thousands of documents that tell the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The visual interface for the site is most impressive: visitors can scan through the Spotlights area to look through topical collections that include Significant Cities, Vietnam, and Public Opinion.