“Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” by Dr. King,
“The Declaration of Independence,” by Thomas Jefferson,
“The 95 Thesis,” by Martin Luther,
“We Wish to Inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families,” by Rwandan genocide victims, and
“I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me” by your spouse, left in your lunchbox this morning.
What do these titles all have in common?
They are all types of letters.
They are also, all types of pleas for justice, be it religious, personal, ethnic, or conjugal.
They all carry a voice. What they do NOT have in common, however, is (or was) a listening audience.
The Justice Letters exists to enlarge the audience and empower the voices of those whose pleas, cries, and redresses are often ignored, silenced, or simply unheard. There is something beautiful about any letter, whether hand- written or typed, signed by many, or penned only by one because letters are, by nature, personal. They express an emotion, seek a need, confess an injury, or signal an alert. Letters, are, essentially, a powerful tool of communication between two parties of people.
The Justice Letters wishes to open communication between people across the state, nation, and world, who may not otherwise have access to each other’s thoughts. Readers are invited to digest, comment, share, and be changed. Because of a letter, America became its own nation, Protestantism found its start, World Wars saw their beginning and also their ends, and… who knows what else may find its origins and its resolutions.