Wednesday, April 04, 2007

"Beyond Vietnam:" 40 Years Later Martin Luther King, Jr., Still Speaks

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at Riverside Church, New York

Today, April 4th is the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic sermon at Riverside Church, New York, entitled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence." There is no topic more relevant today than that trumpet call to break the silence.

Click here for a transcript of the sermon.

One year later to the day, he was assasinated. Today is also the 39th anniversary of his death.

One of my colleagues, Rev. Dr. Steve Sidorak, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council of Churches wrote an Op Ed about this published today in the Hartford Courant.

He writes: "A damning judgment on the nation, his harshest words, in "Letter From Birmingham Jail," were reserved for the church, which he believed provided "silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are." King struggled against not only the imperialism of "the principalities and powers" but the cowardice of the religious community. "

Click here for Steve Sidorak's article

Its' time to break the silence!


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