On 24th April Birmingham hosts a conference celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. In advance of this, and marking the 50th anniversary of his death, Luther King House have published a series of reflections:
“On 4 April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. A crowd of 300,000 attended his funeral. At that service, a recording was played of his last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church during which he asked that at his funeral no mention should be made of the awards and the honours he had received, but that it be said he tried to ‘feed the hungry’, ‘clothe the naked’, ‘be right on the war question’, and ‘love and serve humanity’.
“Martin Luther King’s fearless commitment to justice and righteousness in faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, expressed in both his words and actions, continues to shine in our world. Not least here at Luther King House—a place and a community that bears his name—and so we wanted to mark the 50th anniversary of his death by saying a little of how those words and actions continue to guide and inspire us.
“We are grateful to those of our learning community who have provided us with this collection of reflections that say a little of how Martin Luther King speaks to them and influences their lives. Feel free to use them as you wish—both personally and amongst the church communities and groups you are part of. Our hope is that their voices will encourage us all to both remember with thanksgiving, and to journey onwards in renewed commitment to seek the ways that make for justice, hope and healing.”
Graham Sparkes (from the introduction)