Study Guide

Letter from Birmingham Jail Text

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter from Birmingham Jail: The Text

Because this is such an important and famous text, there are a zillion places you can read it. Here's a sampling:

  • For the PDF of the version published in Dr. King's "Why We Can't Wait," try the King Encyclopedia.
  • For a digital scan of one of the first drafts compiled from the pieces retrieved by his lawyers, plus a recording of Dr. King reading an embellished draft (yes, please), use the King Institute.
  • And here's the version that appeared in August of 1963 in The Atlantic Monthly.

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