Saturday, August 13, 2022

Reading of Famous MLK Letter Set Tuesday at Ole Miss

4a08bf2ea81f2e2204f4fa22b3c66604f60eb8deb9a4Worldwide celebrations set for Tuesday April 26, 2013, marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail.

By Hillary Houston, staff writer,


Regarded as the most important written document of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring public readings of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from the Birmingham City Jail’ around the world.

The University of Mississippi’s celebratory event will be held on Tuesday in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory at 7:30 pm.

Participants are invited to enjoy refreshments during public readings from excerpts of King’s Letter, as well as special guest lectures from three UM faculty members. Lecturers will be speaking on specific aspects of letter and its applications to the University of Mississippi’s past and present.

The list of speakers includes: Dr. Donald R. Cole, assistant provost, assistant to the chancellor for multicultural affairs and associated professor of mathematics: Provost/VC for Academic Affairs Dr. Marvin P. King Jr., associate professor of political science and African American Studies and senior fellow, South Residential College: and Dr. Michele Coffey, visiting assistant professor of Southern Studies:, Center for the Study of Southern Culture

Event volunteers are always welcome and needed. If you would like to have a part in this monumental event, please contact Kimberly Hardges, ASB Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at

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