Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Letter from Birmingham Jail
Part Three: Letter from Birmingham Jail
  1. Debrief the role play and introduce the Eyes on Prize documentary. Watch only up to the student arrests. This will add a visual element to the events and people from the previous day’s role play.
  2. Either as a class or in smaller groups have students read and answer the analysis questions for the Letter from Birmingham Jail. Depending on the level of your students, you may choose from two versions of the letter with analysis questions.
  3. Finally, play the audio of the letter. You may want to pause the audio and allow students to discuss their answers to the analysis questions.


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What were the goals of Project C and how were these goals to be accomplished?

In “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” how does King explain the purpose and effectiveness of nonviolent direct action?

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