Sunday, April 4, 2010
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR
On April 4, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, 39, was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn.
Amy Goodman wrote (another) great article this week.
Below is an excerpt from that article:
"Tavis Smiley has a PBS special this week on one of the most powerful, and overlooked, speeches given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Given on April 4 1967 exactly one year to the day before he was assassinated, King titled his speech "Beyond Vietnam" and controversially called the U.S. government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
"The press vilified King. Time magazine called the speech "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi."
"Smiley told me: "Most Americans, I think, know the "I have Dream" speech. Some Americans know the "Mountaintop" speech given the night before he was assassinated in Memphis. But most Americans do not know this "Beyond Vietnam" speech.
"Smily added, "If you replace the words "Iraq" for "Vietnam", "Afghanistan" for "Vietnam", this speech is so very relevant today".
Posted by Morgan at 11:07 AM