MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Spring Hill College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" on Tuesday, April 16 with events throughout the spring semester.
The Jesuit college was cited in this historic document, written April 16, 1963, for its leadership in the struggle for civil rights. It was one of the first educational facilities in the state to desegregate during the Civil Rights Movement.
Tuesday, the college played Dr. King's sermons in St. Joseph Chapel and members of the community were invited to pray and reflect on his messages.
"What we have to do is keep in mind what Dr. King's dream was about. It was about peace. And being not just only for us for blacks but for all people," said Betty Hannah.
As the world still tries to understand Monday, April 15's senseless violence in Boston, the director of campus ministry said King's message couldn't come at a better time.
"Today I choose for first recording, love your enemies. Because anytime we are in a period of crisis and feeling the affects of such sadness in our country it's when we most need to remember the words of Dr. King," said Director Maureen Bergan.
Deanna Etzold will be one of the students attending Mass.
"I see everything on Facebook with students from Spring Hill mentioning go to Mass, pray for students in Boston and it's great to have that here, especially in a tight community," said Eztold.
Etzold has a friend who lives in Boston. She lives just blocks away from where the bombs exploded.
"It was a big scare. I talked to her yesterday and I didn't hear back from her for like an hour after I texted her, but then she messaged me and she said everything's okay," said Eztold.
In King's letter from the Birmingham jail he said, "What affects one directly affects all indirectly." That was certainly the frame of mind at Spring Hill College.
Read the full text of Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.
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