Years Ago, MLK Delivers A Speech With Dark Vision Of The World

Years Ago, MLK Delivers A Speech With Dark Vision Of The World

Years Ago, MLK Delivers A Speech With Dark Vision Of The World

"Today, on the anniversary of his assassination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation honors the life, work, & commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.to justice." the Federal Bureau of Investigation tweeted from its official account. Let that sink in for a minute.

"Martin Luther King's life and Kennedy's life and that speech made me realize that one person can make a difference", said Abie Robinson who was at the speech. Low-grade violence occasionally plagues progressive movements and demonstrations today, including the rough shutdowns of campus speakers at Berkeley and Middlebury this year.

"The crucifixion took place here, the resurrection does not take place far away from there", Jackson said.

The country has reconciled itself to much of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. - to the point where the King of the early and mid-1960s is embraced by conservatives and liberals alike.

The sheer brutality of the use of chemical weapons and heavy bombs is reflected in the opinion of the Chief of Staff of the US Air Force Curtis LeMay who said, 'we're going to bomb them back into the Stone Age.' It was against this vulgarity that Dr. King chose to speak. Procrastination is the thief of time.' awful events surround us. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. All the anxiety, confusion, guilt and fear become harder to name; muddled.

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The Washington Post declared King had "diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people". "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".

"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" voiced challenges fundamental to the human experience. And the question, Amy and Juan, for the country today is: Where are we on these same issues? So, together, we've also called for the national Moral Revival Poor People/Poor Children Campaign to start in 2018, beginning with this audit, but the audit then leading to action. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. Millennials are four times more likely to hold college degrees than their grandparents. Some U of M experts weighed in on the impact that fateful day in 1968 had on the Civil Rights Movement and the city of Memphis. "Beyond Vietnam" is not a sad testimony to the unchanging nature of injustice. Some say his words sealed his fate.

"Our neighborhoods are really unique in that they adhere to the message that Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had trying to be inclusive and having diverse neighborhoods", said Steven Meyer, Executive Director of King Park Development Corporation. The problems we share now are different problems, but the task is the same.

Our nation's current leadership has shown blatant disregard for integrity, brotherhood and sisterhood. We must keep working to create a world that is just and peace-filled, so that perhaps 50 years from now someone might repeat our own words and courageously do the prophetic work of that moment. Museum president Terri Lee Freeman, Lee Saunders of National AFSCME, indigenous community activist Kathy Sanchez, Rev. Dr. William Barber, and Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols will all also be on hand.

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