Christian Leaders To Respond To King’s ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail’ In 50th Anniversary Event

April 4, 2013 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Leaders of Christiandenominations from all over the United States will gather in Birmingham,Alabama, April 14-15, to sign a response to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letterfrom Birmingham Jail" on the 50th anniversary of the letter. The April 14-15event is sponsored by Christian Churches Together (CCT). Bernice King, aminister and the youngest child of Dr. King, will attend and participate in apanel discussion.

Other participants will include Rev.Carlos Malavé, executive director of CCT, Rev. Jim Wallis, president ofSojourners, U.S. Rep John Lewis (D-Ga.), Civil Rights leader Dorothy Cotton andArchbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, vice president of the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

"In taking up the challenges ofMartin Luther King's letter, we hope to enhance racial justice and strengthenour bonds with one another," said Archbishop Kurtz.

The event is intended not only tocommemorate the 50th anniversary of King's letter, but to provide along-delayed response from Christian leaders of Catholic, Protestant, Orthodoxand Evangelical backgrounds. In addition to the ceremonial signing of this response,the event will also feature keynote presentations and responses, a prayer walkand a panel discussion.

More information on the event is available on the CCTwebsite: http://christianchurchestogether.org/

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Keywords: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter fromBirmingham Jail, Christian Churches Together, USCCB, CCT, U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Bernice King, Rev. Carlos Malavé,Evangelical, Protestant, Orthodox, ecumenical

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