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April 12, 2013

Birmingham-Southern College stages reading of "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College will hold a public reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" on Tuesday, April 16, joining institutions from around the world in marking the 50th anniversary of the day King started writing his famous work.

The reading, which will be held at 11 a.m. on the Alumni Plaza outside the Norton Campus Center, will include BSC faculty, staff, and students reading portions of the letter and is open to the public. In case of rain, the event will relocate to the lobby of the Birmingham-Southern College Library.

Participants will join hundreds of people around the globe celebrating the impact of King's letter through a worldwide reading organized by the Birmingham Public Library. It is one of many events Birmingham-Southern is hosting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1963, a pivotal year in the civil rights movement, as part of its "Forward, Ever Birmingham!" program.

For more information about Birmingham-Southern's reading, contact Kristin Harper, director of service-learning at BSC's Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action, at kharper@bsc.edu or (205)226-4720.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.