You are invited to a talk honoring Martin Luther King Jr. this Sunday at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. It is part of the 11:00AM Sunday morning program at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. There is a conversation about the talk that follows after coffee around 12:30PM. All welcome!
Transforming Jail: MLK in Birmingham
Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed dozens of times for his efforts to defend the dignity of every human being. While imprisonment can break the spirit of many people, somehow it strengthened King’s resolve and enhanced his personal dignity. In 1963 it produced one of the most important civil rights document in history: King’s letter from a Birmingham jail. Like many others thrown into jail for standing up for their values – Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Sanger, Gandhi – King managed to overcome forces of oppression. What can we glean from the power of some to transcend jail and bring out the best? How can we apply these lessons to our own ethical action efforts, including reforming a prison system that destroys hopes and maximizes recidivism? Can we help society transform jail?