On Monday, January 18, 2021, we will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the heroes of our nation’s civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The most prominent civil rights leader in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. King’s Alabama connections include marrying Coretta Scott from Perry County, Alabama . . . pastoring the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church from 1954-1960 . . . and penning the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated for leading a demonstration without a permit.
Our country’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a powerful way to honor not only Dr. King, but also the contributions and accomplishments of many other African American, Native, Latino, Asian and White leaders who were a part of the civil rights movement. It is especially important in 2021 to pause and remember the inequities that African American and all people of color have experienced in the United States and to engage in efforts like our denomination’s Dismantling Racism Initiative.
In North Alabama we typically have Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in many of our communities. However, because of COVID-19, several of this year’s scheduled observances will not happen. Some suggested alternatives offered by the Multicultural Ministries and Conference Leadership teams are:
Thank you for the many ways in which you serve Christ and the church. Blessings to you in all that you do.
|Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
North Alabama Conference
|Rev. Donald Smith
Multicultural Ministries Executive Director
Southeast District Superintendent