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Sample Research Prompt

Research Paper / Due Week 15:

How does Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” connect with what’s happening in our world today? How is that connection relevant beyond the experiences of the Black community?

  • 1500 – 2000 words
  • 4 sources
  • 2 annotations

Some sections may be using a different prompt.

FInding the Letter

"Letter from Birmingham Jail" may be listed under different titles, including "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"

The open letter was first published on April 16, 1963. Dr. King later published it in his 1964 book, Why We Can't Wait.

It has been widely reprinted and excerpted. Below is a tiny selection of sources:

Search Terms

Here are some search terms you can use in the databases and library catalogs to find more resources:

  • African Americans Civil rights
  • African Americans History 1964-
  • Civil disobedience
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
  • Racism United States
  • United States Race relations

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