Columbus-Lowndes Public Library celebrates 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s writing of his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”


On Tuesday, April 16, the fiftieth anniversary of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began writing his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will participate in a worldwide celebration titled Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration.

Portions of the Letter will be read out loud by WCBI reporter R.H. Brown followed by the movie Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man and The Dream. The film documents Dr. King’s life and leadership in which his courage and commitment continues to inspire people across the world today.

The celebration will begin at 4:30pm and be held in the Meeting Room of the Chebie G. Bateman Building.  It is free and open to the public.

King wrote the Letter while confined in the Birmingham, Alabama city jail after being arrested for his part in the Birmingham campaign, a planned non-violent protest conducted by the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference against racial segregation by Birmingham’s city government and downtown retailers.

The letter includes the famous statement “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.

The worldwide celebration is sponsored by the Birmingham (Ala.) Public Library and 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.

Participants stretch not only across the United States, but also around the globe, from Israel to China to England to South Africa to Somalia.

For more information about events all over the globe, visit the “Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration” website at

For more information about the celebration at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library please contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or by email at

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