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Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter From a Birmingham Jail." Letter to Bishop C. C. J. Carpenter, Bishop Joseph A. Durick, Rabbi Milton L. Grafman, Bishop Nolan B. Harmon, The Rev. George H. Murray, The Rev. Edward V. Ramage, The Rev. Earl Stallings. 16 Apr. 1963. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

In context, the author’s use of the phrase “constructive work” (line 8) suggests


he values the time of those who work around him.


persuasion must be both wise and timely.


even those who hold opposing views believe their work to be productive.


addressing typical criticisms of his work is unproductive.


the work done while incarcerated is unsatisfactory.

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