Modal close

Hi there!

Did you know that you can get our headlines, stories and web exclusives delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence

Listen
Media Options
Listen

Related

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He would have been 73 years old.

Younger generations know Dr. Martin Luther King as the country’s most prominent civil rights leader of all time ButKing’s opposition to the Vietnam War, and to U.S. foreign policy in general, has been erased from mainstream history.

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before Dr. King was assassinated, he gave a speech at Riverside church in New YorkCity called “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Time magazine called the speech”demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi,” and the Washington Post declared that King had”diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.”

As U.S. bombs continue to fall on Afghanistan, and the mainstream media continues to silence opposition to today’swar, we turn to an excerpt of Dr. King’s speech.

Tape:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

Related Story

Video squareStoryJun 25, 201850 Years After MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign, 2,500+ Arrested Over 6 Weeks Calling for Moral Revival
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop