March 8, 2017
Dear Pastor,
We are writing to invite your participation and leadership in MLK 50, the commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in our city.
The National Civil Rights Museum located at the historic Loraine Motel is spearheading this
commemoration and calling the entire city and nation to engage in a year-long remembrance, reflection
and recommitment to the great moral agenda that Dr. King gave his life to. We want over the next year
to explore the deep connections between shared religious faith traditions and moral values of justice,
universal health care, and the elimination of poverty, racism, sexism, equal funding for public schools
and extreme militarism.
We are launching this movement toward a moral agenda in Memphis this April 4th with a Prayer
Breakfast/ Training Session followed by a large Public Rally at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70
North Bellevue. The speaker for both the Prayer Breakfast / Training Session and Public Rally with be the
Reverend Dr. William Barber, leader of Moral Mondays in North Carolina and Repairers of the Breach, an
organization that seeks to expand a “school of prophets” who can broadly spread the vision of a nation
that is just and loving.
We need you and your voice!
We are asking that you would join us in prayer and commitment to this movement toward a moral
agenda in Memphis with faith and community leaders across the city by attending the Prayer
Breakfast/ Training Session on April 4th, 9:00 am at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church and the
Public Rally at 12 noon also at Mississippi Boulevard.
We would also ask that you consider receiving a special offering on Sunday, April 2nd in your
congregation for the National Civil Rights Museum for MLK 50 and that you would bring and report
this offering on Tuesday, April 4th at the Prayer Breakfast/Training Session. We have already received
a generous donation from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and we know that other
communions and congregations will want to give to support the Museum and our efforts over the
next year. No gift will be too small or large!
Expressions of faith and tribute given through offerings of $1,000 or more will be gratefully
acknowledged with an inscribed brick for the church (or institution). A special section on the grounds
of the Courtyard of the Lorraine Motel of the National Civil Rights Museum will be dedicated to the
Community of Faith. This will be a permanent and visible reminder of Dr. King’s legacy and the work
we have yet to do.
Let’s make this April 4th a new beginning in our city! Spread the word! Look forward to seeing you
9:00am on Tuesday, April 4th at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.
Please RSVP with the number attending to fmorris@civilrightsmuseum.org by March 22, 2017.
Yours in Hope,
Bishop Henry Williamson, Presiding Prelate, First Episcopal District, CME Church
Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, Chair, National Clergy MLK 50 Leadership Team
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall
be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. — Isaiah 58:12