Washington National Cathedral to commemorate Jonathan Daniels

Join us for the celebration of Holy Eucharist on the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral, preaches and the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas presides. Dean Hall will be preaching about Jonathan Myrick Daniels. Daniels is considered a saint in the Episcopal Church, honored for giving his life at the height of the civil rights struggle in 1965. Born in New Hampshire, Daniels joined the Episcopal Church as a teenager and later enrolled in Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. He followed Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to join the civil rights movement in Alabama following Bloody Sunday in Selma in the spring of 1965. After being arrested for trying to register black voters in Lowndes County in August 1965, Daniels was released. Trying to find a cool drink in the Alabama heat, Daniels and his companions were threatened with a shotgun; Daniels died from a gunshot wound after pushing aside Ruby Sales, a 17-year-old African-American woman. Since 1991, the Episcopal Church has celebrated his life and martyrdom every year on Aug. 14, the day of his arrest. Daniels will be the newest figure to be added to the Cathedral’s Human Rights porch, alongside busts of Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and statues of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bishop John Walker and Archbishop Oscar Romero.

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