Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
Justin Bieber begins his Justice
album with an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail
. King drafted the letter four days after his arrest on April 12, 1963, during the Birmingham campaign advocating for civil rights and an end to segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. He wrote it in response to "A Call for Unity," a statement made by eight white Alabama clergymen against King and his methods, following his arrest. Letter from Birmingham Jail
became one of the most-anthologized statements of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Later on in the album, Bieber devotes a nearly two-minute track, "MLK Interlude," to a speech the civil rights icon gave at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in November 1967. Bieber told Vogue
that he wanted to "amplify Martin Luther King Jr.'s voice to this generation," as he felt the message resonates in today's climate.