To honour Rev. King, ‘deepen’ commitment to work for justice, US bishops urge
Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, ‘we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,’ the US bishops’ Administrative Committee said on 28th March.
On 4th April 1968, James Earl Ray gunned down the civil rights leader as he stood on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. Rev. King, a Baptist minister, was 39.
In reflecting on Rev. King’s life and work, ‘what are we being asked to do for the sake of our brother or sister who still suffers under the weight of racism?’ the committee said in a statement. ‘Where could God use our efforts to help change the hearts of those who harbour racist thoughts or engage in racist actions?’
This 50th anniversary ‘gives us an important moment to draw inspiration from the way in which Dr. King remained undeterred in his principle of nonviolent resistance, even in the face of years of ridicule, threats and violence for the cause of justice,’ the committee said.
Picture: A woman holds a portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 2011 dedication of the King memorial at the National Mall in Washington. Fifty years after the assassination of the civil rights leader, ‘we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,’ the US bishops’ Administrative Committee said on 28th March. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters).Tags: America, James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr, Rev. Martin Luther King, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, US, USA