Rev. Ronald J. Degges, President Disciples Home Missions, writes we "celebrate January 15 of each year as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King is one of the best known Americans in history and only the second person to have his birthday declared a national holiday. He was motivated by the love of God, called to be a Pastor and Civil Rights Leader, and declared that any form of injustice is a threat to the justice of all.
He called all people to live on a higher level, developing relationships founded on the beauty of cultural and racial diversity. He also taught us that there is a vital connection between our Christian faith and social justice. You cannot have one without the other.
May the enclosed Historical Facts, Letter From Birmingham Jail, Select Quotations from Dr. King, and the Glossary of Nonviolence serve as a guide to you and your congregation as you join with Disciples around the globe in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21, 2013. "