Gospel Fest on Jan. 15 to kick off 50th anniversary of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” celebration

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 1:15pm

MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” with events throughout the spring semester. The College was cited in this historic document, written April 16, 1963, for its leadership in the struggle for civil rights.

The five-month celebration will kick off with Gospel Fest, “A Time to Praise: Celebrating the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The concert is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 in St. Joseph Chapel. A reception will follow in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The audience will hear musical selections from Spring Hill College’s Continual Praise Gospel Choir, the Elevated Voices of Triumph (Faulkner State Community College), the Gentle Spirits (Toulminville-Warren Street United Methodist Church), and the mass choir from New Shiloh Baptist Church. We will also hear excerpts from King's powerful “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

The events will culminate May 4 with a commencement address by George E. Barrett, a prominent labor lawyer and renowned crusader for civil rights.