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January 17, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Our Conscience Then & Now


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech almost exactly a year before his death which may be unfamiliar to many of us.  It has been somewhat eclipsed in the collective memory of America by his glorious and unforgettable “I Have A Dream speech.”  But it is no less important as a cornerstone of his legacy.  The speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam, was delivered in April 1967.  In it, Dr. King raised the call to end the war in Vietnam and spoke of the pivotal choice our society had before it:

“We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” Read More