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African American History

(1967) Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967 Fair Use Image On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his first major public address on the war in Vietnam at a meeting of Clergy and …

African American History

(1968) Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

The following speech, a sermon Dr. Martin Luther King gave at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, was the last public appearance before his assassination the next day.  King, in Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers, gives a poignant vision of the victorious future of the civil rights struggle, but …