Letter From Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration
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Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr., shortly before their arrests on April 12, 1963. (From the collections of the Birmingham Public Library Archives) About the Worldwide Celebration

Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration will take place on April 16th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Participants may 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.

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.

The Birmingham Public Library asks that as many groups as possible photograph, video, tweet, or blog about their readings. Please use the hashtag #LetterFromBirminghamJail or email the links to your photographs and blog entries. We plan to collect all the social media and present it online.

For more information contact:
Jim Baggett, Head
Department of Archives and Manuscripts
Birmingham Public Library 2100 Park Place,
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-226-3631 (voice), 205-226-3633 (fax)

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