On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, Reverend Dr. Paul D. Watkins, OP, First Rector of the National Shrine of St. Martin de Porres, invite all to march, remember and prayerfully reflect on the legacy of both Dr. King and St. Martin de Porres.
Together We March is inspired by Dr. King’s dedication toward equal justice and opportunity for all. As the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, his work was noticed across the world. He found peers in people such as Rosa Parks and Mahatma Ghandi; each used peaceful civil disobedience to expose and address unfair treatment of people. Dr. King’s Christian faith was the foundation of his belief that all people are equal before God.
In like fashion, Together We March is a daylong event beginning in prayer and ending in a moment of silence. Of the many who will attend, special guests include Bishops, Priests and laity who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, politicians who support strong social justice policies, Catholic school students and parishioners, and all who hold dear Dr. King’s legacy of valuing human dignity, equal justice, and unrestricted opportunity.
Before the March and between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. all are invited to private prayer and the sacrament of Reconciliation with the Dominican Friars at the National Shrine of St. Martin de Porres, 190 Adams Ave., Memphis, Tenn.
At 9 a.m., a Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1695 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tenn., by Bishop Holley with concelebrants including visiting bishops from throughout the United States and members of the Catholic clergy of Memphis. After the mass, members of the assembly are invited to spend time in reflection at the Cathedral or at the National Shrine. At 1 p.m., attendees are invited to join together and pray the rosary at St. Peter Catholic Church, 190 Adams Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. by Bishop Holley with concelebrating visiting bishops, First Rector of the National Shrine Father Watkins, and members of the Catholic clergy.
After Mass, at 2:40 p.m., all are invited to assemble and march together from the National Shrine of St. Martin de Porres to the National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., Memphis, Tenn. At 4 p.m. marchers will be invited to the MLK50 program in the courtyard of the museum. To close the day, at 6:01 p.m., a moment of silence will be held in remembrance of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments in moving Civil Rights forward.
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