On April 16, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, the Birmingham 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 around the globe: 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 and Somalia. Mayor William Bell will read from the Letter at Central 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.
For more information, visit http://www.bplonline.org/letterfrombirminghamjail.