Episcopalians can commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the weekend of Jan. 14-16

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, calling for an end to racism. Photo/U.S. Information Agency

By Egan Millard

Dioceses and parishes across the Episcopal Church will honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday weekend of his birthday, Jan. 14-16, with services and other events both in-person and online, writes Egan Millard of Episcopal News Service.

King, who would have turned 94 this year, spearheaded the national movement for racial justice and civil rights as a Baptist preacher in Montgomery, Ala., and Atlanta. In the last years of his life, he focused more on economic injustice and the Vietnam War. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, during a trip to Memphis, Tenn., to support city sanitation workers who were striking for better pay and working conditions. He is honored in the Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts calendar on April 4.

For the list of events Episcopalians can attend, click here.