Letter From Birmingham Jail
After Public marches and Protesting for equal rights, protesters were harassed and many arrests, including that of King himself. Police Commissioner Eugene “ Bull” Connor was determined to crush the civil rights movement; King was equally determined to prevail. Writing from his cell in Birmingham, he vowed an active campaign to bring the issue of racial injustice to national attention. Bull Connor played directly into King’s hands. On May 3, as six thousand children marched in place of the jailed protesters, authorities broke up a demonstration with clubs, snarling police dogs, and high- pressure water hoses strong enough to take the bark off a tree. With a horrifi ed nation watching scene aft er scene of this brutality on television, the Kennedy administration quickly inter-vened to arrange a settlement with the Birmingham civic leaders that ended the violence and granted the protesters most of their demands.