Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose government and corporate abuses of power. This week Democracy Now! is celebrating our 23rd birthday. For over two decades, we've produced our daily news hour without ads, government funding or corporate underwriting. How is this possible? Only with your support. Right now, in honor of Democracy Now!'s birthday, every donation we receive will be doubled by a generous supporter. This means if you give $30 today, Democracy Now! will get $60 to support our daily news hour. Please do your part. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else. Thank you! -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Flashback: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. On The U.S. Space Program

StoryJanuary 15, 2004
Watch iconWatch Full Show
Listen
Media Options
Listen

Related

Today on MLK’s 75th birthday, we look back to August 16, 1967 when Dr. King said “If our nation can spend $35 billion a year to fight an unjust, evil war in Vietnam and $20 billion to put a man on the moon it can spend billion of dollars to put God’s children on their two feet right here on earth.”

When President Bush announced his ambitious space plans yesterday, we at Democracy Now! decided to look back through the Martin Luther King archives to find out what he said about the space program in the 1960s.

After hours of research, we tracked down a clip recorded on August 16, 1967 at the Eleventh Annual Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

King said: “If our nation can spend $35 billion a year to fight an unjust, evil war in Vietnam and $20 billion to put a man on the moon it can spend billion of dollars to put God’s children on their two feet right here on earth.”

Listen to an excerpt of President Bush announcement of his space plans and King’s “response.”

Read the transcript for King’s full speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?”, .

Related Story

Video squareStoryJan 21, 2019MLK Day Special: Rediscovered 1964 King Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
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