A Reading of Letter From Birmingham Jail

Event Banner advertising Community Reading of MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail
Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 5:00pm

Masks Encouraged☺*

If you have questions or concerns about our safety protocols, please email rsvp@squarebooks.com

*please note, as Covid case numbers change, these protocols may too. Thank you for your patience and understanding!


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Please join Square Books and the Oxford community on Saturday, January 14th at 5 PM at Off Square Books for a reading of "Letter From Birmingham Jail." All community members are welcome to participate.

If you would like to participate as a reader, please email books@squarebooks.com.


In 2017, Square Books honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community reading of "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The letter, composed while King was in jail on April 16, 1963, came as a forceful theological and humane response to a group of Alabama clergy members who had openly criticized King for a perceived impatience during a crucial early period of the Civil Rights Movement. For the reading, more than thirty community members read a paragraph from the letter. It was a moving and unifying reading resulting in a sense of empowerment and solidarity. All in attendance were inspired, and we resolved to repeat the reading every year.  

Let's recognize that the holiday celebrating the life of MLK is not only a time to reflect on the past, but a time to examine on our lives today as well as plan for the better future he envisioned.

The letter is included in Reverend King's book, Why We Can't Wait. According to Square Books' Richard Howorth, "King began writing the letter in the margins of a newspaper in which the ministers' letter had appeared, and it is considered to be one of the great literary documents of American history. We are excited to help the community remember and celebrate the life of this great man." King was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace the following year, 1964.

Event address: 
129 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Why We Can't Wait (King Legacy #4) By Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Cotton (Introduction by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807001127
Availability: Usually Arrives in Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - January 11th, 2011