Martin Luther King Jr – important everyday

A speech about why he was joining in protest against the Vietnam War was given exactly one year prior to his being killed. The speech makes the point that the poor are harmed in our country when wars are fought and in the country where the violence is taking place. The speech is more revealing than history textbooks and paint a picture of the United States that we don’t hear about here in high school. We should all read and be aware of the history he was concerned about as it was happening around him.

He was a peace activist and makes it clear he was for peace for all people of every race, color, and income bracket – but it takes equal rights to have peace at all income brackets no matter what color your skin. He makes the point that solidarity of troops fighting side by side would not have been occurring in neighborhoods in the U.S. at the time. And he makes the point that the U.S. funding and support escalated the violence in Vietnam and that communism there was not as large a concern as it was suggested to be by the U.S. government and that that fact was also harmful to the troops of young men who realized they were fighting for a cause that was not valid and harming people who didn’t deserve the violence and devastation that was occurring to their homeland.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence,

“We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest.”

Silence only helps those with secrets to protect and Rev. King was threatened with blackmail if he didn’t end his existence within 34 days, the number was emphasized, why? That isn’t clear and the unredacted copy isn’t dated. Why was Rev. King kept under surveillance by the FBI and blackmailed about his personal life?

What was the U.S. government afraid of? Communism or protecting business wealth? Or keeping the U.S. citizens uninformed?

No matter what personal matters occurred Rev. King’s message of equality and peace for all is worth speaking up about.

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