Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his historic “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” in which he famously stated “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” That year, in 1963, Birmingham represented both the best and worst of humanity. But today, we celebrate the former and remember pioneers like Dr. King whose courageous actions brought an end to inequality and social injustice.
At Big, we are proud to have had the opportunity to help tell the brave stories of the men and women who stood up for freedom in our city and country. Earlier this year, we worked with the City of Birmingham to develop a brand for the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. We launched a website, 50yearsforward.com that outlines the historic year of 1963 in Birmingham and features a calendar of ongoing events to celebrate the commemoration. We also designed the latest installment of signs for the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail that mark the March for Education.
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in this very special year for Birmingham, we encourage you to find some way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Here are just a few ideas for celebrating the holiday:
1. Read Dr. King’s moving “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
2. Walk the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail beginning at Kelly Ingram Park, corner of 6th Avenue North and 16th Street.
3. Participate in Hands on Birmingham’s annual Day of Service.
4. Refresh your knowledge of Birmingham’s Civil Rights History on the city’s interactive commemorative website, 50yearsforward.com.
5. Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Admission today is free from 9 a.m.5 p.m. in honor of the holiday.
For more ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, visit 50yearsforward.com/events/.