Advocacy for Social Justice Blog: The 50th Anniversary of the Letter from the Birmingham Jail


The 50th Anniversary of the Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Fifty years ago, Birmingham was in the national spotlight when the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Birmingham to lead demonstrations.  At the time, Bull Conner was the commissioner of public safety who was the figure head of perhaps the most racist city in America.  Many believe that the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham was pivotal in the movement that eventually led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  The seminal document from the Civil Rights Movement, King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail, came out of those demonstrations 50 years ago.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is hosting a great event on April 14-15 for us to remember King’s letter as well as talk about what we need to do now to continue making King’s dream a reality.

You can find more information and register at


The Advocacy for Social Justice Blog is produced by the North Alabama Conference Advocacy for Social Justice Team to help people think about justice issues through the lens of faith. It is intended to be a place where United Methodists can listen and learn from each other with mutual respect and understanding. (For the purpose of this blog see the the post “The work of justice is the work of the church”.) Please join the conversation by adding your comment below. If you have an idea for a blog topic or would like to make a submission to the Advocacy for Social Justice Blog please contact the Team Convenor Rev. R.G. Wilson-Lyons at

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