For nearly 50 years, Martin Luther King’s “Letter from The Birmingham City Jail” has challenged readers with its exploration of enlightened leadership and timeless values. The Letter places us explicitly in the great conversation about what it means to be a good human being and a good citizen. Hosted at the National Cathedral, this Aspen Institute dialogue moderated by Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson brought together American Civil Rights leader Julian Bond, US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Yale Law professor Stephen L. Carter, and the Dean of the Washington National Cathedral Rev. Gary Hall to discuss the historical, theological, and political significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal text. and reflect on how far we have come as a nation and how much remains to be done.
See the full video of this panel at the Washington National Cathedral to the right.