1963 was the year the nation watched as the evolving events in Birmingham, Alabama, marked a turning point in the long struggle for freedom. On April 16 of that year, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the Letter From Birmingham Jail to fight against racial segregation.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the day that Dr. King began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a worldwide event where participants will read Dr. King's Letter at various locations around the globe.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, is honored to be one of those worldwide locations. We invite you to join us on April 16, 2013, at 12:00 PM, in the lobby of the King Library, where San Jose State University and the San Jose Public Library will host collective readings of the "Letter."
Join us as we celebrate the courage and defiance of the citizens of Birmingham in their ongoing efforts to fight bravely against oppression and for the right to live as equals.
If you cannot come to the library, please join the celebration and read the letter on April 16, to yourself or out loud, wherever you may be, and walk for a brief moment in the footsteps of the men and women who fought and believed that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
For more information on the worldwide celebration visit, www.bplonline.org/programs/1963/Letter.aspx