Bishop Robinson to Celebrate Jonathan Daniels Birthday

On Saturday March 12, 2011 at 3 p.m., at St. James church, 44  West St., Right Rev. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop of N.H., will be in Keene to celebrate the birthday of Jonathan Daniels. Bishop Robinson will reflect on the life of this civil rights martyr and link Daniels’ work with the poor and oppressed to current issues of economic and social inequality.

Jonathan Daniels was born in Keene on March 20, 1939 and was studying for the priesthood when he joined many other students and faith leaders all over the country to help register voters in the mostly black communities of the South. He was murdered in Hayneville, Alabama on August 20, 1965 while protecting a co-worker from being shot.

This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels Committee of the City of Keene and St. James Church social justice group. The purpose of the City's Martin Luther King Jr. / Jonathan Daniels committee is to to celebrate and memorialize the lives of Martin Luther King, Jonathan Daniels and the principles of civil equality and multiculturalism for which they stood. The committee educates the public about the lives of these individuals and the principles of equality and non-violence to which they dedicated their lives. For more information, please call  Susan Sielke at 603-352-3114 or Bridget Hansel at 603-357-3656 or St James church office- 603-352-1019.