by Terrence P. Jeffrey, CNS News:
Fifty years ago, on Good Friday 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was arrested in Birmingham, Ala., for participating in a march against local segregation laws in violation of a state court order prohibiting civil rights activists from staging peaceful protests in that city.
While incarcerated, King wrote an open letter to a group of clergymen who had objected to his march.
On what basis could King, a Christian minister, justify directly flouting an order issued by an Alabama court?
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