Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 11:30am
Event Location: 
Old Capitol Museum Senate Chambers
Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
Letter from Birmingham Jail poster

"When the hour came we lived up to our promise." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s writing of his historic document, participants worldwide will read King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Participants will host public readings from the Letter at various locations around the globe: libraries, museums, schools, universities, churches, synagogues, temples, work places, public parks, bookstores, street corners, coffee shops and anywhere people want to participate.

Join members of the UI community in a reading of the letter with opening remarks by College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Chaden Djilali and a discussion about the significance of the letter by Michael Hill (English and African American Studies, CLAS). The letter will be read by graduate students from the Obermann Graduate Institute.