Archbishop Iakovos, Martin Luther King Jr., and other dignitaries walking to the Dallas County Courthouse to hang a funeral wreath in honor of Reverend James Reeb, a civil rights activist who was beaten and killed by white segregationists, Selma, Alabama, March 1965;

NEW YORK – As our nation observes the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is proud to announce that it will participate in an ecumenical initiative to end racism. The process will begin in April with the public gathering of the 38 member communions of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and all people of good will to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.

On the evening of April 3rd, religious and civic leaders will join the faithful and take part in the Orthodox Christian service of Holy Tuesday at the Greek Orthodox National Cathedral of Saint Sophia, hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. The hymnology will reflect upon the importance of repentance and reconciliation, central components to any process to end racism. A public rally is also planned on the National Mall on April 4th and is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people from across the country.

For more information about the events in April, visit:

For more information about the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s history and involvement in the civil rights movement, visit:

For the response of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of the USA to the racist violence

in Charlottesville, VA, visit:

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