Practicing the lessons of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr

January 16, 2023

Purcell Marian High School is committed to honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr and the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement by working toward ensuring our Black and Brown students inhabit a world with "the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality flowing before them."

The lessons of Dr. King cannot be boiled down to quotes stripped of context and shared once per year. We strive to instill the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement today and every day in our classrooms. We invite our community to read and listen to a small collection of the words and ideas of a man fighting for the humanity of his people in a world where others fought to deny them equal treatment and opportunities. We recognize that the struggle for equality and anti-racism still rages today and we remain committed to being part of the change in our world.


Letter from a Birmingham Jail - April 16, 1963

  • On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, Dr. King was arrested (alongside Civil Rights leaders Ralph Abernathy and Cincinnati resident Fred Shuttlesworth) while peacefully protesting racism and racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. While sitting in his jail cell, Dr. King penned his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in response to calls from white clergymen who insisted on an end to public protests.

The Other America - April 14, 1967.

  • Dr. King addresses race, poverty, and economic justice.

For a more speeches and sermons from Dr. King visit The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute website.


Which Martin Luther King Are We Celebrating Today? - New York Times, January 2017


Click the tweet below to see a collection of videos shared by the Martin Luther King, Jr Center.



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