For Immediate Release
“Cathedral to City Hall” interfaith event marks pivotal 1968 march by Memphis clergy
Commemoration to take place Saturday, April 7, 2018
MEMPHIS (March 12, 2018)—Many faith leaders who took a stand in 1968 supporting the striking Memphis sanitation workers will participate in an interfaith event at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Avenue, on April 7 to commemorate a pivotal moment in the historic struggle for rights and recognition.
Organized by Voices for Justice, the Cathedral to City Hall event will bring together clergy from around Memphis to remember the ministers’ meeting and march from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral to City Hall that occurred on April 5, 1968, less than 24 hours after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Clergy scheduled to participate include many who were involved in 1968, including Rev. James Lawson, Rev. James Netters and Father Nicholas Vieron, at time of release.
Of the 300 clergy members who gathered at St. Mary’s that day in 1968, about 150 then marched from St. Mary’s Cathedral down Poplar Avenue, with the multi-racial procession following the large Cathedral cross carried by the Right Rev. William Dimmick, dean of St. Mary’s. Once at City Hall, ministers presented demands in support of the sanitation workers to Mayor Henry Loeb.
“Cathedral to City Hall” activities at St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 7, will start with a Jubilee Block Party at 11 a.m., followed by an interfaith worship service at 1 p.m. The march is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m., with current Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to participate in a ceremony after marchers reach City Hall.
The event provides an important opportunity to show appreciation of those who participated in 1968. Participants will be asked to pray for repentance and forgiveness of racism and economic injustice, and help faith leaders of 2018 demonstrate unity across lines of faith and add voices to justice needed today.
Cathedral to City Hall Interfaith Event and March
Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral
700 Poplar Avenue
A full day celebration venerating the historic gathering and march
Co-chairs of the event are Dr. Reginald Porter Sr. (pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church) and Rev. Mark Matheny (director, Voices for Justice). For more information, contact St. Mary’s Cathedral (901-527-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Mark Matheny (901-428-4633 or email@example.com) or Mark Stansbury (901-270-3780 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
About St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral. (www.stmarysmemphis.org) The people of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, a house of prayer for all people since 1858, are committed to being agents of social transformation and Gospel-inspired change. We are the Cathedral for the Diocese of West Tennessee.