Moral Mondays in Memphis is inspired by Dr. King’s work on behalf of poor people and the work of the New Poor People's Campaign being organized nationally by Repairers of the Breach. Spearheaded by the Museum’s National MLK50 Clergy Executive Committee, Moral Mondays is a three-part series of clergy-led gatherings featuring distinguished speakers and guided table talks on social justice issues. All as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in our city.
“The intent of Moral Mondays is coming together to explore the deep connections between shared religious faith traditions and the moral values of justice, fairness and the elimination of poverty, racism and extreme militarism,” said Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson, Chair of the Museum’s National MLK50 Clergy Executive Committee.
MORAL MONDAYS IN MEMPHIber 16, 2017, with featured distinguished speakers, the Reverend Dr. William Barber II, Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina; President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach; and architect of Moral Mondays in North Carolina.
5:30 P.M. Gathering Reception
6:30 P.M. Worship led by Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Rev. Traci Blackmon, guest preacher
7:10 P.M. Living the Legacy Today Panel sponsored by Yale Divinity School
Moral Mondays in Memphis is inspired by Dr. King’s workand aims to build support for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which was launched earlier this month by Repairers of the Breach.
Guest speaker, Rev. Traci Blackmon, is the Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.
Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ and installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 159-year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ. A registered nurse with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Rev. Blackmon's clinical focus was cardiac care. In later years, her focus shifted to mobile healthcare in underserved communities, with the greatest health disparities being in her region. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham - Southern College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (2009).
As pastor, Rev. Blackmon leads Christ The King in an expanded understanding of church as a sacred launching pad of community engagement and change. This ethos has led to a tripling of both membership and worship attendance over the last seven years, expanding membership engagement opportunities, and the establishment of community outreach programs. A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon's communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Vatican.
A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon's communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Rev. Blackmon toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech, Rev. Dr. James Forbes of The Drum Major Institute and Pastor Emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York, and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, proclaiming the need for a Moral Revival in this nation.
Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., progress on civil rights often seems stalled, and the “dream” of the late civil rights leader as distant as ever. How can people of faith and good conscience make this anniversary more than “just a commemoration?” How can people from different backgrounds and origins unite around a moral center that strives for justice addressing the issues of poverty and race? Join faith leaders, activists, academics, and the Moral Mondays community of Memphis for this vital conversation moderated by Jonathan Judaken, Professor, Rhodes College.
Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Gerald Durley, Senior Pastor Emeritus, Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta
Katie Bauman, Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel in Memphis
Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion, Yale University Divinity School
One of the things Dr. King was doing hours before his assassination and before walking out on the balcony of Room 306 was working on a sermon for the coming Sunday. The sermon was titled: “Why America May Go To Hell.” Dr. King wrote in his notes, “America may go to hell if she doesn’t use her wealth and vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life.”
The National Civil Rights Museum is very pleased to offer this worship planning resource for ministers, musicians and worship planners as a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
It is in the spirit of Dr. King, the preacher who was always able to explore the deep connections of our faith traditions to the issues of poverty, health care, quality of life, education, justice and nonviolence that we offer this resource. The Social Justice Lenten Lectionary is comprehensive, 69-page document with worship and music resources for February 18 through April 1, 2018.
Click here for the social justice lectionary