Rediscovering Justice: A Service of Hope on the 50th Anniversary of the dea...

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Rediscovering Justice: A Service of Hope on the 50th Anniversary of the death of Dr Martin Luther King Jr will be held at Westminster Abbey at 12 Noon on Wednesday 4th April 2018.

Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Only a year later, on 4 April 1968, he was shot dead in Memphis. He was thirty-nine years old.

Christian Aid enjoyed a warm relationship with Dr King. On his occasional visits to the UK, he would prioritise visits to its offices. Moreover, alongside the former British Council of Churches, Christian Aid would make appointments for Dr King and helped with his press and media. We hope this moment would remind us all of the need to continue challenging injustice and inequality and even more - rediscovering and being agents of justice as a worthwhile and significant cause.

Dr King is commemorated at the Abbey with a statue above the Great West Door - one of ten statues to 20th century martyrs which were dedicated in 1998.

The service, held as a partnership between the Abbey with Christian Aid, will focus on three areas that distinguished Dr King’s fight for justice and equality:

  • His Motivation – exploring the role of faith in seeking justice
  • His Conviction – the passion emanating from the world and circumstances of the marginalised and disadvantaged communities
  • His Actions – exploring his approach and what he did to bring about transformation

The service will be followed by a symposium in St Margaret's Church next to the Abbey at 3:00pm to explore these issues more fully. Tickets for the symposium and programme will be available in due course.


What is the entrance I should use to attend the Service ?

Enter via the Sanctuary and Great West Door of the Abbey please and you will be directed accordingly.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Attendees should use public transportation as there is no parking at the Abbey except limited access for disabled parking. Anyone with special needs should either email : or call Matthew Arnoldi on (020) 7654 4846.

The nearest tube stations are Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District Lines) and St James Station (Circle and District Line).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For more details please contact Christian Aid at or call 020 7523 2321

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes! Access will be limited to attendees with tickets. You may also use your mobile phone if you have downloaded your ticket onto your mobile. It is a good idea to bring with you a form of photo ID (passport, driver's licence, travel pass) in case you are asked to produce it. Allow time also for a possible bag search and keep baggage to a minimum.

What is the dress code?

For gents, lounge suit or blazer and trousers, for ladies day dress or smart trousers may be worn. Hats are optional.

What time do the doors open?

By 10.45 am.

Can I bring a guest?

You can apply for up to six tickets.

How long will the Service last?

The service will last up to one hour.

Can I update my registration information ot transfer my ticket?

Yes you may. Please note : Christian Aid would like to continue the dialogue with attendees, and send to attendees, invitation links to other events they may be interested in, therefore all adult attendees should register please in their own names.

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