Thoughts on MLK’s Speech: “Beyond Vietnam”

What a wonderful experience I had yesterday day evening.

I had the most educational and revelational experience of listening to the original cut of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech.

Mr King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech was delivered on April 4, 1967, exactly one year to the day before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Beyond Vietnam” is one of the most informative and sincerely delivered speeches I have ever heard dealing with the topic of American militarism and US imperialism.

“Beyond Vietnam” was met with harsh criticism by those “in high places”.  (Perhaps the good Reverend stepped on some toes?)

Listening to this powerful speech which called out the US not only for undue aggression but also for political agenda in waging misery on the peoples of societies who are helpless in the wake of our warmongering ways, I was reminded that not much has changed in the last 45 years.

I would that every school child were permitted the opportunity to listen to “Beyond Vietnam” at least once a year as a practical means of their educational experience.

I offer posthumous thanks to Martin Luther King for attempting to appeal to our humanity in an effort to enlighten us as to the evils of war, and to challenge us to rise above our “leaders” and be sincerely compassionate and caring people.


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