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.