Thursday, January 12, 2006

MLK Jr.: A Time to Break Silence


On Monday January 16th please join the CPF in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The celebration is being presented by the Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration Committee All day exhibits and events until 10:00pm

Contact 574-280-7092 for more info

Here's an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech protesting the Vietnam War (April 4, 1967)

For those who ask the question, "Aren't you a civil rights leader?" and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we chose as our motto: "To save the soul of America." We were convinced that we could not limit our vision to certain rights for black people, but instead affirmed the conviction that America would never be free or saved from itself until the descendants of its slaves were loosed completely from the shackles they still wear....

Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land.

The entire speech, plus a recording can be found at www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

2 Comments:

At January 24, 2006 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had a march this weekend in Worcester opposing both war and abortion. It went well. The reaction from some local activists was like the reaction MLK got when he tried to combine Civil Rights and anti-war activism: "Why are you being divisive?"

 
At January 25, 2006 2:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The failure to make this basic connection strikes me as one of the main weak points of most peace groups. Had the Democratic Party communicated real sensitivity about the unborn, and more concern about women under great pressure to abort their children, I doubt Bush would have made it to the White House.

 

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