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Martin Luther King: “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

On this day, celebrated as “Martin Luther King Day” in the US, many are reminded in the mainstream media of King’s great “I have a dream” speech of August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C.  And rightly so.

But that was not the end of the road for King.  His thinking broadened and evolved, in new directions that many were not willing to accept.  “King broke with
almost all  black clergy, who continued to support the Vietnam war, and lost many ‘establishment’ allies.   Rarely will you hear any of this speech on MLK Day, as King has been turned into an ‘antiseptic hero’ (in the words of Julian Bond).”

On April 4, 1967, in New York City, he said this:  “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

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