Cover Story: How are you sharing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy?

YOUR ROLE IN KING’S LEGACY

th Martin-Luther-King-Jr (1)COVER STORY—In January 2017, Americans find the new president verbally attacking U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a national hero of the civil rights movement and friend of the late Dr. King. (Here is author Daniel Buttry’s inspiring profile of Lewis’s activism beginning with the Freedom Riders.) The new president also has canceled a King-day visit that would have shone a global spotlight on the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

After a decade of publishing inspiring stories about peacefully building healthy communities—it is clear, here at ReadTheSpirit, that Dr. King’s legacy depends on millions of ordinary Americans actively deciding to carry forward King’s values. So, to honor and promote King’s legacy, we offer these helpful resources to read—and to share with friends:

Please, share these stories …

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WHY WE MUST RESPOND

pbs-independent-lens-the-witness-documentary-about-kitty-genovese-caseKITTY GENOVESE REMEMBERED—PBS soon will broadcast a remarkable, moving documentary about the infamous New York murder of Kitty Genovese in the 1960s. Headlines about the murder circled the globe because of “38 witnesses” who were aware of the attack and yet refused to help. David Crumm reviews the documentary and explains why it’s such a great discussion starter right now.

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GOD SIGNS

megan-brudney-btsYOUNG RABBI FIND HER CALLING—You may be surprised that Suzy Farbman’s inspiring GodSigns column this week starts with a story of a young woman seeking her calling in life—and ends with a message very much in keeping with the emphasis on King’s legacy this week. Please, enjoy this story about Rabbi Megan Brudney.

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REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

UNITED NATIONS APPEAL—The older Yom Hashoah memorial comes later each year, but it is also helpful, now, that countries around the world start 2017 by remembering the Holocaust—pledging to be vigilant. Columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story.

CHECK OUT ALL THE 2017 OBSERVANCES—It’s as simple as visiting www.InterfaithHolidays.org where you’ll find all of 2017’s major observances listed. Plus—right now, we’re inviting readers to look over that new calendar and alert us, please, if you spot an occasion we’ve missed.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

01-17-vp-january-preview_pdf-3ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org. In addition, please consider supporting Ed’s ongoing work by subscribing to his long-running magazine, Visual Parables Journal. Widely used by clergy, teachers and individuals who want to reflect on the spiritual themes in movies, the new January 2017 issue is packed with complete study guides.

Among Ed’s latest movie reviews are:

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