SOURCE: National Bible Association

National Bible Association

February 11, 2009 11:40 ET

National Leaders Join the National Bible Association in Issuing Nationwide Call Encouraging Bible Reading

Martin Luther King III, Eric Metaxas and Chuck Stetson Join National Bible Association's Historic Announcement; Campaign Focusing on 19th Century British Abolitionist, William Wilberforce, to Be Unveiled During Black History Month

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 11, 2009) - Today, Martin Luther King III, Eric Metaxas and Entrepreneur/Financier Chuck Stetson joined the National Bible Association in unveiling a nationwide campaign to encourage Bible reading throughout the United States. In a news conference held on the birthday of American Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, during Black History Month, the leaders announced their support for the campaign, which focuses on famed 19th Century British Parliamentarian and abolitionist, William Wilberforce. Wilberforce's contribution to the abolition of African slavery in Europe and the West was recently dramatized by the blockbuster film, "Amazing Grace." King, son of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was joined by author of "Amazing Grace," Eric Metaxas.

"In our passion to encourage Bible reading, we are highlighting the monumental influence the world's greatest book has had on freedom's heroes, like William Wilberforce, but also Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln and many who fight, and have fought, for freedom and justice," said Ambassador Gilbert A. Robinson, Chairman of the National Bible Association.

"Naturally, the Bible was a powerful force in my father's life's work," said Martin Luther King, III. "He knew the Bible extremely well and used it as the principle basis for his ministry and his mission for civil rights and equal justice. My personal love of the Bible is part of the personal legacy he and my mother left me and our family."

"How fitting that this national campaign to read the Bible should focus on William Wilberforce, and be launched on Abraham Lincoln's birthday in Black History Month, with Martin Luther King, III present," said Eric Metaxas. "All of these forces and legacies are deeply rooted in the Bible. I commend the National Bible Association for this timely announcement and campaign around this truly amazing Book."

About The National Bible Association

The National Bible Association promotes Bible reading nationwide. The organization recognizes the legacy of freedom left by William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all powerful leaders who found basis for their triumphs in the Bible. For each of these leaders, their familiarity with the Bible allowed them to rely on its sacred words for guidance as they led their compatriots in times of trial and change. This campaign seeks to show the Bible's profound influence on many who change, and have changed, the world.

News conference details: The Salisbury Hotel, 123 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019 (between 7th & 6th) on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 10:00AM.

Contact Information

  • For further information and a reservation to attend this event contact:
    Rachael A. Lechliter
    PH: 646-895-2086
    FAX: 212-898-1147
    Email: rlechliter@nationalbible.org