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Dr. Martin Luther King Weekend
January 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today.
Why did the civil rights leaders of the 1960s choose jail time to demonstrate their plight? How did Dr. King’s letter, written in the margins of a newspaper and smuggled out of Birmingham Jail, create a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement? If Dr. King were alive today, what issues would his letter address?