Communing with Dr. King on the Anniversary of his Beyond Vietnam Speech

March 31, 2021 | Connections to Today, Featured We are reposting this in in concert with the readings of the speech this April 4th (event information), part of a project initiated by the National Council of Elders on April 4, 2017: Time to Break Silence. Groups around the country will stage public readings of Martin Luther King’s Beyond Vietnam speech on […]

MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

It’s easy enough to denounce racial injustice and socioeconomic inequality. The real challenge is committing to the work it takes to eliminate them. MLK50: Justice Through Journalism is a different kind of newsroom. Our nonprofit news outlet in Memphis focuses on the intersection of poverty, power and policy. We examine the systems that make it […]


CalendarAdd to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When:April 14, 2017 all-day 2017-04-14T00:00:00+00:00 2017-04-15T00:00:00+00:00 Contact: Event websiteWe call on artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and all community members to join together on April 4th, 2017, to draw inspiration from and breathe […]


CalendarAdd to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: March 1, 2017 – April 16, 2017 all-day 2017-03-01T00:00:00-06:00 2017-04-17T00:00:00-05:00 Contact: Event websiteRadicalDiscipleship invites you to journey with us through the 40 days of Lent by reading and reflecting daily on […]


“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men[people] often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making.”

Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech can teach us about race and class today

In his speech, Dr. King identified the triplets of racism, militarism and materialism as the legacy we must overcome. Why triplets? Rabbi Arthur Waskow, a peace movement veteran, explains: “Why did Dr. King use the word ‘triplets’ when ‘three’ or ‘triad’ would have been enough? Perhaps because biological triplets share a great deal of their DNA. What DNA do these triplets share? The DNA of subjugation, of top-down power.”

Thinking for ourselves

“America, King says, “Has constantly taken one step forward but at the same time it took a step backwards on the question of racial justice.”

Print Resources

Print Resources Ealy, Michael.  A Reading from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “ Beyond Vietnam” Speech on Feb. 1, 2007 at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA. Harding, Vincent.  Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero Hidden in Plain Sight: Martin Luther King’s Radical Vision, A Teacher’s Guide Hunter, Daniel.  Building a Movement to End the New […]