April 16th marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."
Today, Governor Robert Bentley, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and King's youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice King, will mark the anniversary by dedicating a historic marker at the old Birmingham Jail.
On April 16, 1963, King wrote an open letter while being held in the Birmingham City Jail. King had been arrested a few days earlier for leading a non-violent march against segregation. He was in jail from April 12th to April 20th.
King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is widely regarded as one of the pivotal writings from the Civil Rights movement. One of the most memorable lines from the letter is "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" went on to be printed in publications across the United States.
Today's ceremony unveiling the historic marker will be at 12p.m. at the site of the old Birmingham City Jail, located at 417 6th Ave. South.
In addition to the historical marker dedication, the Birmingham Public Library will commemorate the anniversary. This morning at 7a.m. at the downtown location, the library will host a reading of "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Mayor Bell will read of portion of the letter during his networking event with Samford University's Brock School of Business.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, the Birmingham Public Library is encouraging people around the world to read "Letter from Birmingham Jail."