Luther College students, faculty and staff invite the Decorah community to join them for public readings of Martin Luther King's Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" beginning with chapel at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.
A mass rehearsal is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Center for the Arts. At the rehearsal participants will meet the captains of each building, receive scripts and select location assignments. The building captains will organize a run-through at their building location prior to the Jan. 20 event.
More information about the events can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/luther-reads-letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/.
Readings will start during chapel at the Center for Faith and Life at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20, continuing throughout the day in the lobby areas of Valders Hall of Science at noon, the Koren Building at 1:15 p.m., Dahl Centennial Union at 1:15 p.m., Main Building at 2:30 p.m. and the Center for the Arts at 4 p.m.
The readings are open to the public with no charge for admission.
"Reading Dr. King's beautiful statement of courage and light together as a community, is a fitting tribute to our national heritage of movements for justice and peace," said Lauren Kientz Anderson, Luther visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies and history.
Following the readings Jan. 20, there will be a lecture at 7 p.m. by professor Henry Richardson in room 206 of Valders Hall of Science. The lecture, titled "From Birmingham's Jail to beyond the Riverside Church: Martin Luther King's Global Authority," discusses MLK's influence and contribution to human rights.
Those who wish to volunteer at one of the readings should visit the website https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/luther-reads-letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/ or sign up in the Diversity Center at Luther College.