THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE
For Immediate Release
April 11, 2013
Contact: Lindsley Smith
CITY HOSTS PUBLIC READING DURING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL
ON APRIL 16, AT 10:30 AM
April 16th, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the day the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began writing his Letter from Birmingham Jail, and on this day participants worldwide—including five locations inFayetteville, Arkansas—will take part in a public reading of King's Letter in honor of King’s message, a worldwide event sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library.
The City of Fayetteville joins the world as a host to a public reading of this inspirational and enduring Letterin the City Council Chamber of Fayetteville’s City Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The public is encouraged to attend. City Hall is located at 113 West Mountain Street.
Dr. King wrote this inspirational Letter on the margins of a newspaper, and he continued writing the Letteron scraps of paper supplied by a friendly trusty at the jail. King’s attorneys were eventually permitted to provide him with a writing pad, which he used to finish the letter.
Mayor Lioneld Jordan will begin the event with a Proclamation; and readers of the Letter are: City Council Members Matthew Petty, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Rhonda Adams, and Adella Gray; Fire Chief David Dayringer, Police Sergeant Tim Franklin, Assistant City Attorney Jason Kelley, Kim Johnson, Tenisha Gist, Missy Leflar, Peter Nierengarten, Don Marr, John L. Colbert, Steve Clark, Steve Smith, Kate Johnson, Dandre LaJuan Jones, and Olivia Moore.