How can a united movement of the poor lead the way to solving today’s global crises? Read more.
What was Dr. King’s vision for a Poor People’s Campaign? Read more.
April 4th, 2017 marked fifty years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a revolution of values against racism, poverty, and militarism in his historic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” speech at Riverside Church in New York City. We commemorated the anniversary in a number of ways, but most especially by continuing the call for a New Poor People’s Campaign to unite the poor and dispossessed and take up the unfinished business of Dr. King’s last campaign, the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Read more.
Michael McPhearson of Veterans for Peace writes about the “Triple Evils” of poverty, military, and racism that Rev. Dr. King identified in his Beyond Vietnam speech: How they’re showing themselves today, how they’re connected, and what we need to do to fight them. Read more.
Exactly one year before his assassination Rev. Dr. King delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The speech remains one of the most powerful expressions of his moral commitments, political analysis, and social vision. It also represented a critical step on the road to the Poor People’s Campaign: in denouncing the war King put himself in opposition to the political establishment, Democrat and Republican, instead taking the side of the poor against militarism, racism, and poverty. Read more.