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Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated 50 years ago today!

Join us in giving thanks for the life and witness of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated 50 years ago today!

His dream about the day when all God’s children would be able to join hands and sing “Free at last!” has set a moral compass for his country and beyond.

MLK had agreed to deliver the opening sermon at the WCC Assembly in Uppsala in July 1968. The murder prevented his presence at this event, but it couldn’t prevent the lasting influence his ideas have had on the ecumenical movement.

Later today, MLK’s heritage will be carried forward by a march and rally in Washington, D.C., initiated and coordinated by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCCUSA), to call attention to the ongoing and often lethal issue of racism in American life.

“Christian churches, present in every town and community across the country, are both part of the problem and the solution. NCC and our partners are committed to addressing the systemic evil that many Christians and church institutions have yet to fully acknowledge,” said Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, the former general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), who is leading the Truth and Racial Justice Initiative for the NCCUSA. Watkins is a member of the WCC central committee.

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee and the first African in that role, will greet the participants on behalf of the worldwide fellowship of churches. Read more: https://www.oikoumene.org/…/wcc-moderator-to-greet-dc-march…

Read also a WCC feature about the significance of Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speech: https://www.oikoumene.org/…/clarence-jones-201ci-have-a-dre…

Photo by John Taylor/WCC: During a visit to the WCC offices in Geneva, June 1967.


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