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"Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed A Nation"

Jonathan Rieder

About the Program

Jonathan Rieder, sociology professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, recounts Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."  The civil rights leader penned the letter after being jailed for his involvement in a protest in Birmingham, Alabama on April 12, 1963 and wrote it in rebuttal to a statement made by eight clergymen who deemed the protest, "untimely."  Mr. Reider reports on the effect the letter had on the civil rights movement and King's belief in the urgency of the movement.  Jonathan Rieder speaks with Diane McWhorter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama - The Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution at the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama.  

About the Authors

Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder is the author of The Word of the Lord Is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a sociology professor at Barnard College, Columbia University.


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"Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed A Nation"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, May 12th at 7am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 4th at 2:45pm (ET)
  • Sunday, April 28th at 1:45am (ET)
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