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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance

Explain Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of nonviolent resistance and the role of civil disobedience within it.
Articulate the primary concerns of the Alabama clergymen who rejected King’s intervention in Birmingham’s racial conflicts in 1963.
Describe how King defended his nonviolent campaign to the Alabama clergymen.
Explain why the president of the National Baptist Convention, Joseph H. Jackson, thought King’s protest methods were unproductive and un-American, and articulate the alternatives he recommended to secure civil rights for black Americans.
Evaluate the merits of the argument on both sides of the debate and decide which view could best secure civil rights for black Americans.

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