Schools take a day off for it. Government agencies and banks take a day off for it. Many businesses take a day off for it. Often it’s a time for people enjoy a nice, long weekend to get out of town with friends or family. With the pace of life most of us are living, it’s easy to consider MLK Day an off day.
Yet, for many within the African-American community, this is a day of deep resonance–where Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic, non-violent protest against the injustice of racism is remembered, honored, and continued. For those who continue to have been impacted by racism and who are experiencing racism today, it’s not a day off, it’s a day on.
What if OMPC members joined our African-American brothers and sisters on MLK Day this year as a day on?
If you are available for your MLK Day to be a day on, what would be a good start? May I suggest a simple step for beginners, like many of us?
Learn. Enter the story. Feel the weight of racism’s injustice.
Downtown Birmingham holds the perfect space to learn, enter the story, and feel the weight–The Institute for Civil Rights Museum at 520 Sixteenth Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203; 866.328.9696. If you work on Monday, the Museum is open Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Admission is donation-based. For those who are off Monday, January 16, the Museum is open from 9:00 am. - 5:00 pm. Admission on this day is free, but a donation might be a good way for you to show grace! You can tour at your own pace or have a guided tour with a group.
Whether you are able to attend Sunday or Monday, here are some suggestions to maximize your experience:
For example, our Young Professionals group is meeting at 3:30 pm for the tour, so those who are working that day might join us by leaving work early, and we will grab an early dinner afterwards. We’d love for you to join us too!
If a tour of the museum is not possible for you, consider reading or listening to Martin Luther King, Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail here.
Wherever you find yourself on MLK weekend, I encourage you to pause and reflect on the significance of this “day off.” May that “turn on” a desire within you to seek grace from God to learn, enter the story, and feel the weight of racism’s past and presence in our city and country.
Pastor for Outreach & Young Professionals
Posted: 1.11.2017 in Outreach Ministry Share: