The Jericho Road Devotional
An MLK50 Lenten Journey
This journey features writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Jericho Road is an especially fitting resource this year as we celebrate the life of Dr. King in the fiftieth year since his assassination. We recall The Jericho Road from the Good Samaritan parable, which King highlighted most notably in his final speech on April 3, 1968, in support of Memphis sanitation workers. He had an acute awareness of the "dangerous road" that he was on and of the steep sacrifice required for those wishing to see the American landscape of racial injustice repaved with promise. Themes from King's work over the last six years of his life provide a deep pathway for study, prayer, and action. Individuals, small groups, and congregations are invited to travel The Jericho Road and reflect on what it means to work for King's Beloved Community today.
Click each week to discover Dr. King in his own words, an accompanying scripture with devotion and various ways to reflect. Each week has a single downloadable pdf or here is a printable version of the journey in its entirety. As you travel through these resources, you will notice mile markers. They are the year and month of the accompanying writings.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learn more about Dr. King’s Life, the King Center, and read some of King’s Writings
- The King Center -- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy, and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspiring new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today.
- List of Books and Writings by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- A Timeline of Major MLK Life Events
Learn more about organizations and efforts that promote justice in the spirit of King’s legacy and become an advocate
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Hate Won’t Win Movement
The “Hate Won’t Win Movement” was started in light of the church massacre that took place at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015. Alana Simmons, the granddaughter of one of the victims, said, “It is my understanding that the purpose of this shooting was to initiate a race war. And although my grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, they lived in love and they preached love, and their legacies will be love.” This vision is to witness to a humanity that openly and willingly works to create and sustain an equitable society for people of all races, religions, social classes, and orientations because of the love of thy neighbor.
- Help to Register Voters
- General Board of Church and Society Resources
- General Commission on Religion and Race
- National Peace with Justice Grants
- Choosing Non-violence 365
- Principles of Nonviolence
Consider organizing a Trip
- The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
- The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC. 20560, A People’s Story, A Nation’s History
Learn more about …
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham)
- 16th Street Baptist Church (Birmingham)
- Southern Poverty Law Center, and Civil Rights Memorial (Montgomery)
- Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (Montgomery)
- The Dexter Parsonage Museum (Montgomery)
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
- National Urban League
- Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
- The Poor People’s Campaign
- The National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis)
Feb. 3 – Join a Beloved Community Toolkit Conversation presented by the Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, at Emmanuel UMC, 10755 Scaggsville Road in Laurel, Md. from 9 to 11 a.m. In this 50th year since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we take particular pause to learn from his life and ministry. We are called to continue the work of Beloved Community through mediation, public witness, and community partnership. In his Beloved Community toolkit, Dr. Hunt outlines key practices for
Feb. 12-15 -- The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute
April 3-7 – Attend the MLK50 Sojourn in Memphis, TN As a soulful sojourn of remembrance, this trip commemorates the life of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., marking the 50th Anniversary of his assassination, April 4, 1968, and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike. Through the lens of Civil Rights and the Poor People’s Campaign, participants will consider what it means to work for King’s Beloved Community today. They will visit historic sites, hear from dynamic speakers, and engage in daily prayer. Upon return, participants are invited to share their experiences in their community as we continue the pursuit of racial justice and renewal throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
April 4 -- Attend a Rally on the National Mall sponsored by The National Council of Churches of Christ in The United States of America Rally to mark its endorsement of an ongoing initiative to End Racism This massive rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC on April 4 is expected to be the most visible and impactful work of the National Council of Churches in its recent history. The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA supported the work of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., participated in the march in Selma, and has continued this struggle for racial justice throughout its history.