"Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will," the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in 1963 from a jail cell in Birmingham, Ala. "Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
It was a direct challenge to the white church as civil rights violence engulfed the South. White churches told Dr. King he was moving too fast, demanding too much. In the nearly 60 years since, has anything really changed?
Join Washington National Cathedral and Advancement Project DC as we celebrate Dr. King's legacy and examine his challenge to the church, particularly the lack of progress on behalf of our incarcerated black and brown neighbors.
Excerpts from Dr. King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" will be front and center, with his words amplified by musical performances from Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir and the Cathedral Band.
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.
- January 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm