April 09, 2019

TODAY: Harris to Join Bipartisan Commemorative Reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, April 9, 2019, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) will join a group of bipartisan senators for a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail on the floor of the United States Senate at approximately 3:45pm ET.

In April 1963, Dr. King penned the letter from his cell at the Birmingham jail, where he and other protestors were detained for leading a series of nonviolent protests and boycotts in Birmingham to put pressure on the business community to end discriminatory hiring practices. He wrote passionately in response to an open letter led by eight white clergymen from Alabama urging him to abandon his efforts in Birmingham, calling his protests “unwise and untimely” and criticizing him for being an outsider coming in to agitate in Birmingham. Dr. King rejected the notion that African Americans should remain patient in the struggle to shed the bonds of oppression and daily indignities inflicted by Jim Crow laws in the South. In his letter, he famously responded to their criticisms, writing: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

To honor Dr. King’s legacy and commemorate the anniversary of his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Senator Harris will join Senators Doug Jones (D-AL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for the reading of the letter on the Senate floor.

WHAT: Senator Harris to join a bipartisan Senate floor reading of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

WHO: Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, April 9 at approx. 3:45 pm ET

WHERE: Watch on C-SPAN2

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