Leaders help city centre church mark 50 years since I Have a Dream speech

St James in the City is marking fifty years since Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.

A city centre church is asking the people of Liverpool to share their own dreams in recognition of fifty years since Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech.

On Sunday 25th August, St James in the City, on Upper Parliament Street, will host a special service designed around the speech that Martin Luther King gave in Washington on August 28th 1963. People will be able to listen to the speech and be encouraged to think about its relevance today.

Gee Walker from the Anthony Walker Foundation, Steve Munby, Councillor for Riverside and David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, will each contribute to the service with their own version of the speech, sharing their own dreams for the city.

During the service people will also be invited to share their own hopes and dreams for themselves, their families, the city and the world. All are welcome to the service which starts at 4pm. Please note that there are no toilet facilities at the church.  

Rev Neil Short from St James in the City said: “50 years on, Martin Luther King’s speech is highly relevant. One of the biggest issues we face today is lack of hope. We need a dream. Without a dream the people perish. We need bold leaders and bold dreams and this service is about inspiring us all to think big and to have, in the words of Martin Luther King ‘the audacity to believe’.” 

Gee Walker said: "Martin Luther Kings dream should now be realised. We should no longer be singing, 'we shall overcome'. We should be singing, 'we have overcome'."

David Fleming said: "It's a real honour to have been asked to do this, because Dr Martin Luther King is a great hero of mine. I will be looking at what King dreamed of, and comparing it with life in today's world, including Liverpool."

For more information on St James in the City see  www.stjamesinthecity.org.uk/