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If you haven’t spent your entire school career watching baby goat videos on your phone, you’ve heard the name Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by now. You’re probably grateful that you get a day off from school in his honor. But though it might be hard to believe, that isn’t his greatest legacy. What could be greater than a weekday off, you ask? Oh, you know, furthering the causes of equality, brother/sisterhood, universal love and compassion, social justice, and true democracy.

Shmoop’s guide to Letter from Birmingham Jail gives you historical context, key figures, themes, quotes, and much more.

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