BPCC to hold 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' reading

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:13am

Bossier Parish Community College, along with hundreds of schools, libraries and other organizations around the world, will host a public reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, at 10:45 a.m.,. on Tuesday, April 16 in the Quad on the BPCC campus.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the letter, the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama, is sponsoring a worldwide reading.

BPCC Reference Librarian and organizer of the BPCC reading Katie Jones says the College’s celebration will include faculty, staff, and students reading excerpts from the inspiring piece of American history:

“The ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ has been called one of the most important written documents of the Civil Rights movement,” says Jones. “It is a perfect example of Martin Luther King Jr.’s innate ability to inspire change through rational dialogue. He redefined “civil disobedience” and what it means to do what you know is right, even in the face of adversity. While his letter addresses a specific incident, the message is timeless.”


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