Rediscovering Justice: A Service of Hope on the 50th Anniversary of the death of Dr Martin Luther King Jr will be held at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Wednesday 4th April 2018.
Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Only a year later, on 4 April 1968, he was shot dead in Memphis. He was thirty-nine years old.
Dr King is commemorated at the Abbey with a statue above the Great West Door - one of ten statues to 20th century martyrs which were dedicated in 1998.
The Abbey service, held in partnership with Christian Aid, will focus on three areas that distinguished Dr King’s fight for justice and equality:
- His Motivation – exploring the role of faith in seeking justice
- His Conviction – the passion emanating from the world and circumstances of the marginalised and disadvantaged communities
- His Actions – exploring his approach and what he did to bring about transformation
The service will be followed by a symposium in St Margaret's Church next to the Abbey at 3.00pm to explore these issues more fully. The full programme and ticket details will be announced shortly.
To apply for tickets to attend the service (free), visit the Eventbrite website