Archbishop praises MLK's letter from jail as prophetic
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was “direct and prophetic” in its call for justice and racial equality, an archbishop said on the occasion of the letter’s 50th anniversary.
“While violence surrounded Dr. King’s life, he proclaimed in word and deed the direction of his Savior, Jesus Christ – namely, that injustice must not be ignored, but neither can violence be addressed and eliminated by greater acts of violence,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said April 14.
Rev. Bernice King, a minister and King’s youngest child, participated in a panel discussion at the event. Other attendees included Presbyterian minister Rev. Carlos Malavé, executive director of Christian Churches Together; Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.); and civil rights leader Dorothy Cotton.