Riverside Church & Vietnam War

The Riverside Church in the City of New York is an interdenominational American Baptist and United Church of Christ church in New York City, famous for its elaborate Neo-Gothic architecture and its history of social justice. The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries. 5.0/5

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If you listen to one MLK speech today, consider making it his Riverside Church speech against the Vietnam war
MLK: "the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit"-4/4/67, Riverside Church http:…
Yup, after declaring opposition to Vietnam War at Riverside Church on the Upper West Side
Dr. Martin Luther King speaks at the University of Minnesota in 1967 against the Vietnam War, a part of his legacy the Pentagon would like to edit out.
News Release January 21, 2013   Reference: Jackelyn Mariano, Deputy Secretary General, BAYAN-USA, depsecAmericans Continue Mobilizing for Justice in the Wake of Obama’s 2nd Inauguration   As President Barack Obama takes his inaugural oath for the second time, progressive Filipino American organizations under the banner of BAYAN-USA reflect on his next term with a critical eye, especially as this day also commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and having been critical of Obama’s domestic and foreign policies during his first term.   “Obama’s first term not only continued many of the policies of the Bush administration, it sullied Dr. King’s revolutionary legacy,” stated Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson of BAYAN-USA. “In 1967, in a famous speech delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City against the Vietnam War, Dr. King warned, ‘A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.’ Pr ...
Indeed, even as his popularity declined, King spoke out strongly against American involvement in the Vietnam War, making his position public in an address, “Beyond Vietnam,” on 4 April 1967 at New York’s Riverside Church. King’s involvement in the anti-war movement reduced his ability to influence national racial policies and made him a target of further FBI investigations. Nevertheless, he became ever more insistent that his version of Gandhian nonviolence and social gospel Christianity was the most appropriate response to the problems of black Americans.
Thanks to Dr Jimmie for this forward. Martin Luther King's not so familiar words: Published on Friday, August 31, 2007 by CommonDreams.org The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy by Robert Shetterly When I talk about King, I like to focus on his last year --- the period when, defying the advice of many of his advisors in the civil rights movement, he spoke against the Vietnam War, equating racism with imperialism. King felt bound to make the point that the forces of capitalism, materialism, and militarism that were driving segregation were also driving the war, and until we confronted the source of the problem, the abuses would continue. It was April 4, 1967, in Riverside Church in New York, that he made that declaration. A year to the day before his assassination. It has always confounded me every year when we celebrate Dr. King's life that no mention is made of that Riverside Church speech in the major media. We are always treated to sound bites of the 1963 I Have a Dream speech. That speech's oratory is as ...
By 1967, King had become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered.
Martin Luther King's Speech Against the Vietnam War. One of the greatest speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Time to Break Silence," was delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967. It is a statement against war in principle, in the same sense in which King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," published four years earlier, had been a statement against social injustice in principle. Yet like that extraordinary earlier appeal, "A Time to Break Silence" is also addressed to the evils of a particular time and place. It protests the command and deployment by Lyndon Johnson of almost unlimited violence against the people and the land of Vietnam for the declared purpose of protecting them from the menace of world communism. King began by acknowledging his solidarity with the organizers of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam; and he pledged himself in full accord with their recent statement: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." In Vietnam, says King, "that time has come for us." ...
Martin Luther King, Jr., first delivered "Beyond Vietnam" at the Riverside Church of New York on April 4, 1967. A year later to the day, he was assassinated in Memphis. In…
Remembering Dr. King on his birthday. 1968. I had just turned 20 and knew of Dr. King through the anti-war movement as he had recently come out against the Vietnam War in his famous sermon at Riverside Church in NYC in 1967. For me, them he was a great moral force and so you “wanted to be like Dr. King” (this incidentally was a chant we used in Charlotte in August helping out with union organizing of the Charlotte sanitation workers with UE.) So I volunteered that year in a Dr. King Freedom School in Boston and became a tutor for grade school kids. It all about doing the “next right thing”. Today 45 years later, after decades in many movements, and in the years I have left, for me, doing the “next right thing” is to be a communist and to act for revolutionary change here in the belly of the imperialist beast as a member of Workers World Party. Revolutionary activity and organizing is a great moral force, also rigorous, based on theory, requiring great sacrifice and a lifelong commitment, to b ...
Vincent Harding was the one who drafted the famous anti-vietnam war speech Dr. King delivered at Riverside Church, NY.
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