Today: American Bible Society Event in New York Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr

Spotlighting the Bible's Impact on King's Life Reveals Timeless Hope and Dignity for All

The central inspiration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s involvement in the civil rights movement was his faith and understanding of the Bible. The messages of hope and justice King found in the Bible spurred him to be a great advocate for freedom. To honor the impact Scripture had on King's life, American Bible Society is recognizing the 50th anniversary of his passing with a robust campaign—including events in New York—aimed at providing a greater understanding and connection to the messages of freedom found in the pages of God's Word. 

"Dr. King was a gifted orator, challenging teacher, peaceful leader and Baptist preacher. Today he is considered one of the most significant figures in recent history. Sometimes overlooked in our remembrances of Dr. King, however, are his undying devotion to the Scriptures and the influence the Bible had on his life," said the Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin, senior Metro Ministry mobilizer at American Bible Society. "We developed a reading plan, a scholarship contest and upcoming local events to help a new generation connect to the stories and passages that influenced Dr. King. We want to honor a different side of him and reflect on his impact on our nation's past, present and future."

Anyone can sign up to follow a unique online Bible-reading experience, and high school students are encouraged to participate in a scholarship competition by submitting an essay or spoken word performance. Detailed instructions about how to participate can be found at MLK.Bible

Additionally, special events featuring local faith leaders are taking place in New York tonight to observe the anniversary of Dr. King's death.

"King and the King: A Courageous Conversation About MLK, Faith and the Future."

  • Bishop John H. Boyd, II, senior pastor of the New Greater Bethel Ministries
  • Bishop Jackie McCullough, senior pastor of The International Gathering at Beth Rapha


  • April 4, 7 – 9 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York
110-31 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, New York 11433
About American Bible Society
Founded in 1816, American Bible Society works to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's most enduring nonprofit organizations, American Bible Society provides resources across a variety of platforms, enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time. For more information, visit