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Public Reading of the Letter from the Birmingham Jail

April 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Letter from the Birmingham Jail: The 55th Anniversary, A Public Reading in Boston.

In the spring of 1964 our nation was embroiled in a struggle to save the soul of America. We were seeking the Beloved Community, the achievement of the vision that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had enunciated on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial a year earlier. In the middle of the anti-racism campaign in Birmingham, Alabama in 1964, Rev. King was arrested. He was also assailed by local clergy who rejected his presence in Birmingham, calling King an outside agitator whose activism in their city was unwise and untimely.

King’s response was the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, which instantly became one of our nation’s most important civic and theological statements on race and citizens.

We will be reading this document in the public square on its 55th anniversary of publication, April 16th, 2019 on the Boston City Hall Plaza at 4 PM. We would like for you to join us as a reader or as an observer. You are welcomed!

As more than 30 Boston-area non-profit organizations, businesses, activists, educators, youth, elderly, gay, straight, disabled and clergy convene, we wish to use this public reading as a way to become “maladjusted” to discrimination and racial inequality in Boston. We wish to create a more inclusive Boston that calls upon its full diversity and commitment to justice, truth and racial reconciliation.

The mission is to reflect the creative vision articulated by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the day before his assassination. The Mountaintop speech reflects a vision — which is decidedly different from his “I Have A Dream” speech. King’s vision creates a rich opportunity to advance the city of Boston, the nation and the world.

The Boston to the Mountain Top Project take the last words of Rev. Martin Luther King seriously. They provide a framework for investing in a more hospitable culture, more vibrant social engagement, more defining strategies about improving our common wealth. They achieve these efforts through:
Convening learning forums

– Increasing Civic Literacy
– Fostering Public Policy
– Supporting Grassroots Organizing and Leadership Training
– Engaging Youth

Join Us. Bring someone with you. You will be glad that you did. BE A READER. FOR MORE INFO., GO TO WWW.BOSTONMOUNTAINTOP.ORG


Boston City Hall Plaza
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