I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings.
In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church.
We began a series of workshops on nonviolence, and we repeatedly asked ourselves: "Are you able to accept blows without retaliating?" "Are you able to endure the ordeal of jail?" We decided to schedule our direct action program for the Easter season, realizing that except.To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.Never before have I written so long a letter.I have been so greatly disappointed with the white church and its leadership.Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.Is not segregation an existential expression of man's tragic separation, his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfulness?
In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience.
Some -such as Ralph McGill, Lillian Smith, Harry Golden, James McBride Dabbs, make your own walk in closet Ann Braden and Sarah Patton Boyle-have written about our struggle in eloquent and prophetic terms.
Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States.Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation.In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard many ministers say: "Those are social issues, with which the gospel has no real concern." And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely.For more than two centuries our forebears labored in this country without wages; they made cotton king; they built the homes of their masters while suffering gross injustice and shameful humiliation -and yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to thrive and develop.There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.As in so many past experiences, our hopes had been blasted, and the shadow of deep disappointment settled upon.That would lead to anarchy.Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively.