Letter from Birmingham Jail: A Reading

I had the privilege of organizing a reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail this month.

It’s an important letter, and one whose words carry just as much weight today as they did in 1963.

Many thanks to everyone involved, all on short notice:

  1. Winnie Kao
  2. Mike “Ambassador” Bruny
  3. Doc Waller
  4. Darius Gant
  5. Garfield Hylton
  6. Jermaine Maree
  7. Shaun King
  8. Pamela Slim
  9. DeRay McKesson
  10. Dr. Ivor Horn
  11. Charlie Gilkey
  12. Neal Ludevig
  13. Charles Davis
  14. Soledad O’Brien
  15. Greg Hartle
  16. Kimberly Nadia Scott
  17. Lisa Nicole Bell
  18. Paul Drayton
  19. Codie Elaine
  20. André Blackman
  21. John Montgomery II
  22. Daniel Jarvis
  23. James Lopez
  24. Donna Queza
  25. Marc Aarons
  26. Stella Santana
  27. Alex Chavez
  28. Spencer Pitman
  29. Ankit Shah
  30. Cliff Worley
  31. Keylor Leigh
  32. Stephanie Hasham
  33. Willie Jackson (my dad!)
  34. Don Pottinger
  35. Rachel Rodgers
  36. Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin
  37. Akilah Hughes
  38. Diana Alvear
  39. Danielle Jenene Powell
  40. Emmanuel Azih

This project is dedicated to my father (whose name I share, and whose voice you hear at 37:24), who was born into segregation 71 years ago and taught me everything I know about how to be a man.

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Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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