The country, he charged, had "gone mad on war". "So we watch them, in brutal solidarity, burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would hardly live on the same block in Chicago". America's soul, he said, was poisoned by hate.
Yesterday, in the midst of planning to honor the the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Iing, Jr. with a new initative, I woke up to the news that Reba McEntire and Lauren Daigle sang "Back to God" at the 2017 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.
On Aug. 28, 1963, King had delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for jobs and Freedom. "The speech not only requires us to struggle once more with the meaning of King, but it also presses us to wrestle as he did, with all of the tangled, bloody, and glorious meaning of our nation (and ourselves), its purposes (and our own), its direction (and our own), its hope (and our own)".
This latter statement left King no alternative than to oppose the war in Vietnam.
How can we not listen to words that say, "When machines and computers, profit and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered"?
One year from now, on the 50 anniversary of the speech, Sen.
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Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation honors the Rev. Martin L. King Jr. and his incredible career fighting for civil rights. His popularity plummeted - as it probably would today if more people pondered the MLK of 1967 and 1968. The service focused on Dr. King's true mission of non-violence and lifting up the spirituality of humanity and that something which happens to one of us happens to all of us.
The truths he spoke are hard to face. It was King's first antiwar oratory.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values.
Not to imply equivalency, but liberals would do well to look in the mirror, too. So let us make a mighty noise until our leaders with tin ears hear and reverse course. King was the most known and celebrated, but the deaths of Malcolm, Medgar, and even President John F. Kennedy, were warning signs that death was waiting for anyone who dared to be a catalyst for major social change. But the movement spread across the country, and now more than 22 million Americans have benefited from an increase in minimum wages, and some 10 million on are on a path toward $15 an hour as city ordinances step up wages.
Can you talk about the significance of what Dr. King said and when he said it, even his inner circle, Reverend Barber, telling him, "Don't speak against the war in Vietnam". Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. While resources to fund the war drained the nation's financial and moral capital, suffering and discord at home inspired riots that King characterized in another speech as "the language of the unheard". But the similarities quickly fade, for reasons including the two men's races and very different occupations - King being a preacher and prophet, and Sanders a politician.
For more about Martin Luther King's speech and its legacy, we speak with Rev. Dr. William Barber, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and president of the NAACP in North Carolina. Like King, Barber is a minister and, like King, he has mastered the voice of morality and inspiration.