Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘Beyond Vietnam’ Speech


On the night of April 4, 1967, civil rights chief Dr. Martin Luther King lent his full-throated oratory to a rising refrain of opposition to the quickly increasing American position within the Vietnam Battle. King’s sharp rebuke of U.S. coverage and name to protest introduced him into direct battle with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was an ally of King’s within the wrestle for equal rights for African People.

From the pulpit of New York’s Riverside Church, King eloquently speaks of breaking “the betrayal of my very own silences” and goes on to disclose the “seven main causes for bringing Vietnam into the sphere of my ethical imaginative and prescient.”

With this pivotal tackle, the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner sought to bridge the motion for civil rights and justice to the antiwar actions: “I can not overlook that the Nobel Prize for Peace was additionally a fee—a fee to work tougher than I had ever labored earlier than for ‘the brotherhood of man.’”

One 12 months later, April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis.

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