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ERLC to host MLK50 event in Memphis on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

April 4, 2017

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention will co-host a special event with The Gospel Coalition on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., called “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

This one-day event will provide an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and in the culture.

Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, commented on the importance of the event.

"The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., should remind us of what can happen when one speaks to the conscience of the culture and to the conscience of the church. Fifty years after Dr. King's assassination, it is shameful that the church often lags behind the culture around us when it comes to issues of racial justice, unity and reconciliation. We should be leading the way.

"The gospel that reconciles the sons of slaveholders with the sons of slaves is the same gospel that reconciled the sons of Amalek with the sons of Abraham. It is a gospel that reclaims the dignity of humanity and the lordship of God. It is this gospel that Dr. King appealed to, and it is this gospel that belongs to the church as much right now as it ever has. My eager prayer for this event is that it will bring a word of gospel hope, repentance and unity to many brothers and sisters in Christ."

The event will feature key Christian leaders, including:

The full list of speakers can be found here.

Also serving as co-conveners of the event is an advisory board, made up of key Christian leaders around the country, including:

A full list of advisory board members is available here.

Registration is now open and complete event details can be found online.

Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author