Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims will host a “Community Conversation” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Friday, March 25th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Conversation will explore Dr. King’s legacy of public service and civic engagement, and will use as its starting point his sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct”. It will be facilitated by Plymouth member and long time Brooklyn Heights resident Gary Bartholomaus. The event is free and open to the public.
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to Plymouth Church, at which he preached a sermon titled “The American Dream” that incorporated many of the themes repeated six months later from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in his “I Have a Dream” speech. His visit brought the legacy of Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth’s great nineteenth century anti-slavery preacher, into the time of the twentieth century civil rights struggle.
The Community Conversation will be held in Plymouth’s Reception Room; please enter at 75 Hicks Street, between Cranberry and Orange streets.