While confined here in the Birmingham City Jail, I came across your recent statement calling our present activities "unwise and untimely". Seidem, if ever, do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all of the criticisms that cross my desk, ny secretaries would be engaged In little else in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are non of germine goodwill and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms,
I think I should give the reason for my being in Birmingham, since you have been Influenced by the argument of "outsiders coming in. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every Southern state with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliate organizations all across the south one being the Alshaan Cristian Kovement for Manan Rights. Whenever necessary and possible ve share staff, edmatimal and financial resources with cur affiliates. Several months ago our local affiliate here in Birmingham Invited us to be en call to engage in a nonviolent direct action progrun if such vere deened necessary. Ve readily condented and when the Lour came we lined up to our promises. So I am here, along with several numbers of my staff, because we were invited here.
I an hare boceans I have bale ortisant les here.
Ilupyond this, I an in Birmingham heususe Injustice is hare. Just as the of glith contrary proghata left their little villages sod carried their them mith the land far beyond the boundaries of thate hone tomas and Just an the Apostle Paul left his little village of theus and caried the gospel of Jemus Chhuriet te penetically every helst stys the Greco-Roman world, I too in compelled to carry the gonpal of freedon beyond my particulae hone Like Pal, I must cenatantly getpont to the theedonian call for aid.
Nereover, I am coeondant of the teterruinjodness of all communities int states, I cmmot att Idly by In Atlanta and not be concerned sbust what. Iappens in Birminghen. Injustice andare is a test to justice everysthese. We are cought in an imponynhle network of mitmitty, tled in a single present of destiny. Wertever effects one directly effects sil Instrectly. Here ogain can ve affind to live with the marow, provincial #outalde agitator Sdes. Amane ide lives inside the buited States na never be cecal drev an mutelder unders in the country.