Table 17: Comparison of Just and Unjust Law References in King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

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Table 17: Comparison of Just and Unjust Law References in King’s Letter

 Just Law  Unjust Law
Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.

Group Activity

These two rows represent a balanced discussion. Therefore, since the author squares the ideas, you should also do the same.

1) Locate additional sentences where King discusses “just laws” and “unjust laws.”

2) As a group, construct a table similar to Table 17. Place the sentences under their respective columns.

3) Evaluate the sentences in light of the context King provides.

4) Develop a one-paragraph analysis based upon your discussion of King’s work.

Click here for “Table 18: King’s Discussion of Just Law and Unjust Law in Table Form.”

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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