Fifty years ago this spring, on March 31, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached what would be his final Sunday sermon, Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, at Washington National Cathedral just days before his assassination in Memphis. That Friday, April 5th, thousands came to the Cathedral for a national service to mourn this preacher, prophet and man of faith. People filled the Cathedral; thousands spilled out onto the Pilgrim Steps.
In this 50th year since Dr. King’s death, Washington National Cathedral will host a series of programs reflecting on his leadership and his faith. We take as our guide Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call for racial healing, justice and reconciliation, embodied in the document Becoming Beloved Community. We have much to do as a community, and as a country, to live into Dr. King’s dream.