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Sunday Platform with C.K. Allen: Letter From a Birmingham Jail

January 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Free and open to the public, in-person and online!

Join us for a special Sunday Platform presented by our Ethics and the Theater team. This week we’ll feature a dramatic reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail by actor C.K. Allen, directed by Tai Thompson.

In this open letter written on April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. argues that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws and to take direct action rather than waiting potentially forever for justice to come through the courts. King writes: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King’s imprisonment was during The Birmingham campaign which included coordinated marches and sit-ins against racism and racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama. The nonviolent campaign was coordinated by the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) and King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). It began on April 3. On April 10, Circuit Judge W. A. Jenkins Jr. issued a blanket injunction against “parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing, and picketing.” Leaders of the campaign announced they would disobey the ruling. On April 12, King was arrested with SCLC activist Ralph Abernathy, ACMHR, and SCLC official Fred Shuttlesworth. The letter, widely published, became an important text for the American Civil Rights Movement. It’s time to listen to King’s words once more.

Watch Online: Click to join at start | ID 863 0430 0961 | Passcode 609424
To join by phone (audio only), dial (929) 205-6099 and enter the Zoom ID above.

About C.K. Allen

Learn more about C.K. at his website,

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About Sunday Platform

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Humanist philosophy. Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

To watch previous Sunday Platforms, visit our Videos page and YouTube channel.


January 14
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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