Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Jr. Day

Here's a small excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered to clergy and lay people concerned about the war, at Riverside Church in New York City, on April 4, 1967. Rereading it, I felt like it was especially appropriate for our current national and international moment.

The full text of this remarkable oration, as well as more of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and other materials on his life and work, are available at the Martin Luther King Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

Let's also remember Dora E. McDonald, who was Rev. Dr. King Jr.'s longtime assistant; she worked closely with him for most of the 1960s, and also worked with Andrew Young and Dr. Benjamin Mays, the former president of Morehouse College.

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