Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Letter from Birmingham Jail
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 1, 2008 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum will sponsor a lecture entitled “Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” April 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. The presentation will be given by Dr. Debra Miles, an attorney for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The audience is invited to remember the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as they listen to and join in Miles’ discussion of “The Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” King’s response to his critics after being jailed for fighting for equality. Prior to King’s murder 40 years ago, he led several marches and demonstrations against segregation. He was arrested April 12, 1963, in Birmingham, Ala., for demonstrating against segregation. Soon after King’s arrest, an ad placed by some members of the white clergy appeared in the local newspaper criticizing him. King wrote a letter from his jail cell responding to his critics, which became known as “The Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The letter explained why blacks must protest against unjust laws in order to gain their civil rights. Miles holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee-College of Law in Knoxville, Tenn. She earned a master of arts degree in history from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and a bachelor of arts degree in paralegal studies and history from William Woods College in Fulton, Mo. Miles is currently working toward a doctoral degree in history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Miles’ lecture is free and open to the public.