Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration
Jim Baggett | March 14, 2013
On April 16, 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library will sponsor a program titled Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration.
Participants in this program will host public readings from the Letter at various locations: libraries, museums, schools, universities, churches, synagogues, temples, places where people work, public parks, bookstores, street corners, coffee shops, and anywhere that people want to participate. In addition to people who are participating throughout the Birmingham area and around Alabama, there will be participants from around the globe, from Israel to China to England to South Africa to Somalia. Birmingham Mayor William Bell will read from the Letter at Birmingham Public Library’s Central Library, and more names are being added each day.
People who participate in the readings can read the full text of the Letter, or selections from the Letter, individually, as a group, or however they want to do this. Groups participating may range from two people to hundreds of people. Readings can be done at any time of the day on April 16. Each participant is asked to register at the library’s Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration website.
All are invited to participate wherever you are. For more information, visit the Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration website. You will find the text of the Letter from Birmingham Jail and an abbreviated excerpt, as well as instructions, graphics, and a list of all who are planning to join this project. The website has all you need to know to join this worldwide effort.
Jim Baggett is Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library.