Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to St. John's!

I ran into an article from the Friday Detroit Free Press, which mentioned that Dr. King preached in Detroit at St. John's Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. With a quick google search I found out that in fact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was hosted at a luncheon here at St. John's on May 15th, 1958 by then Rector I.C. Johnson and the parish. He preached later in the day at St. Pauls' Cathedral. It was a part of a diocesan conference on the Church and Race. What an interesting tidbit to have found yesterday on MLKjr. Holiday!
Here is the Detroit Free Press article.
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King in Detroit - January 19, 2008
From The Detroit Almanac
Some facts about Martin Luther King Jr. and his appearances in Detroit.

He spoke often in Detroit and, in 1963, led a massive march for civil rights down Woodward. On June 23, more than 125,000 people marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It became the largest civil rights march in the nation up to that time.When King arrived in Detroit, Police Commissioner George Edwards met him at his plane and said: "You'll see no dogs and fire hoses here."

Other King visits:• 1956: Addresses 2,500 people at Ford Auditorium after Montgomery bus boycott.• 1958: Preaches at St. John Episcopal Church and St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral.• 1961: Gives keynote address for UAW's 25th anniversary celebration.• 1965: Attends funeral of slain civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo.• 1966: Criticizes violent tactics in speech at Cobo Hall.• 1968: Speaks at Grosse Pointe South High three weeks before his assassination.