‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ read-in April 16 at library

SARANAC LAKE – The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” has been called the classic document of the American Civil Rights Movement.

April 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his “Letter.” King had been incarcerated for non-violent protest of the repressive regime of the Birmingham, Alabama city government.

On April 16, the Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a program entitled “Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Worldwide Celebration.” Public readings from the “letter” will be hosted at various locations around the globe: libraries, museums, schools, universities, churches, synagogues, temples, places where people work, public parks, bookstores, street corners, coffee shops and anywhere that people want to participate. Readings are scheduled to take place from Israel to China, England to South Africa, Northern Ireland to Somalia. More locations are being added daily.

In remembrance of Dr. King’s prophetic word, the Saranac Lake Ecumenical Council and other Dreamers of the Dream will host a “read-in” of the “letter” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

For more information, call 518-891-5275 or email diannefortado@yahoo.com.