Statement by CEO Ken McKenzie in Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published: Jan 21, 2019

Posted In: Press Releases

Today we honor the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who inspired a movement that is as vital as ever.

Through his strong Christian faith, Dr. King put his life on the line every day fighting for freedom and justice for all.   He became the voice of a generation striving, struggling and yearning for a better America, and embodied the belief that one person – armed with courage, conviction and moral authority – could change the course and discourse of a nation. 

As an ordained Baptist minister and trained theologian, Dr. King drew strength from the Bible to lead the charge for social justice and civil rights.  He often quoted the Bible in his speeches, such as I Have a Dream, which used the vivid poetry of the Book of Amos (“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream”) to provide the fire and energy for the Civil Rights movement.

The Museum of the Bible is proud to honor the legacy of Dr. King within a permanent exhibition about the Impact of the Bible.  The gallery hosts a larger-than-life tapestry of his I Have a Dreamspeech along with several artifacts including Why We Can’t Wait, which features the landmark “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”   We invite visitors to use the exhibit as a place to trace and reflect upon Dr. King’s extraordinary intellectual, political and spiritual journey.

As we pause to commemorate Dr. King, let us reconsider the principles of brotherhood, civic engagement and moral leadership that this great man taught us.


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