Stanford, CA

Cemex Auditorium Stanford Graduate School of Business
655 Knight Way

50th Anniversary of King’s Most Controversial Speech




A panel of experts at Stanford University will discuss Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech condemning the Vietnam War. The event on April 4th will include author and television personality Tavis Smiley, King legal advisor Clarence B. Jones, and King Institute director Clayborne Carson. The program will feature a screening of Smiley’s documentary on the “Beyond Vietnam” speech, MLK: A Call to Conscience.
The discussion commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of King’s address at New York’s Riverside Church, delivered a year to the day before his assassination. King told the audience that he “could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.” Many newspapers and other civil rights leaders denounced King for criticizing American foreign policy.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing with the panelists. It will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. at Cemex Auditorium, located at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA).

This event is sponsored by Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, and the Black Community Services Center.

Washington, DC @ New York Ave. Presbyterian Church

#MLK50Awake – Clergy, Laity, & Seekers Concerned about America

The 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

April 4, 2017

New York Ave. Presbyterian Church, Washington DC, 12:30 -5 pm

Vigil at White House, 5-6:30


April 4, 2017, will be the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s prophetic sermon “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” to Clergy and Laity Concerned About Vietnam, at Riverside Church in New York.  During the last year of his life, he struggled in the midst of war and governmental abandonment of the poor to create new multiracial, multi-religious coalitions to move toward the “Beloved Community.”

“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. . . . . When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. … We are confronted by the fierce urgency of Now.”

Today we see extraordinary efforts to subjugate the poor, the Black, the Brown, religious minorities, immigrants, women, those who identify as LGBTQ, those who need medical care, the press, the working & middle class, & Mother Earth.

Please join clergy and laity and all who see themselves as religious, spiritual, or ethical seekers who are concerned about America in this present crisis, for a day of reflection on Dr. King’s message. We will gather at 12:30 (PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH) and begin with an intergenerational and interfaith conversation about our current crisis among Sister Simone Campbell (“Nuns on the Bus”); Rabbi David Sapersten (former dir, Religious Action Ctr); Imam Talib Shareef (Masjid Muhammad); Rev Anthony Grimes (Fellowship of Reconciliation & Black Lives Matter); led by Rev. Aundreia Alexander (associate general secretary, National Council of Churches).

Workshops and teach-ins on the triplets of racism, materialism and militarism will follow.

The day will culminate with a Multireligious Call to Prayerful Action, inspirng talks by Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Bishop Dwayne Royster (Political Director, PICO National Network), and Congressman Jamie Raskin — sending the community forth at 5 pm on a March to the White House where we will hold a Vigil.


Washington, DC @ Georgetown University

Georgetown University’s Program on Justice and Peace and Center for Social Justice invite you to an all-day event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence.” What is the role of the University in breaking the silence on what Dr. King described as the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism”?

12:00pm Listening to Dr. King’s Speech / Simple Lunch / Community Gathering in Healey Family Student Center Social Room


1:00pm Presentation by Dr. Andre Keet, University of the Free State, South Africa – The Role of Higher Education as a Site of Social Transformation in Healey Family Student Center Social Room


2:00pm Presentation by Dr. David Ragland, Truth Telling Project: A Truth Initiative for Ferguson and Beyond in Healey Family Student Center Social Room


3:00pm Chaplain’s Tea in Healy Foyer hosted by Campus Ministry with Center for Social Justice


3:45pm Prayer for Peace with Campus Ministry


4:15pm Break


7:00pm Dialogue among Black Lives Matter Activists and Civil Rights Activists (will be video-recorded but not telecast) – Location TBC on Georgetown University campus *** This event will have ASL interpretation. *** moderated by Professor Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor of History


Mandy Carter, April Goggans, Anthony Grimes, Sekou Mgbozi Abdullah Odinga, Dave Ragland, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons (bios here)

This event is sponsored by Georgetown University’s Office of President’s Let Freedom Ring! Initiative, the Office of the Provost, and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS).


Detroit, MI

“Breaking the Silence: A Detroit Beyond Displacement”

We are an activist organization of 18-35 year old Black people in the Detroit Metro area working toward complete liberation of Black people in the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, the United States of America and the world. We are affiliated with The Movement For Black Lives (whose platform can be found here:

BYP100’s council of elders has designated April 4, 2017, the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, as a National Day of Action. We are inviting you to join us for this community event and forum which will involve a viewing of Dr. King’s final speech and a discussion around these questions: How have our communities in Detroit been displaced by racism, militarism, and materialism? What work is being done now by individuals and communities in Detroit that have been displaced by racism, militarism, and materialism?

Our current campaign focuses on the displacement of Black people in Detroit, especially Black women and femmes. We would like to have you present at our event on April 4, 2017 at 6:30pm called “Breaking the Silence: A Detroit Beyond Displacement”.

The main purpose of this event is to connect the Detroit community with resources in the city fighting against the displacement of Black Detroiters and to build a network of solidarity among organizations in the city fighting against displacement. The principle mechanisms for this displacement are foreclosure, water-shut offs and gentrification.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. 

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and protect each other.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

-Assata Shakur

Chicago, IL

Beyond Vietnam: Revisiting Dr. King’s Radical Revolution of Values

50 Years since Dr. King’s prophetic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, we remain challenged as a nation to eradicate the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.

That powerful event on April 4, 1967 marked the moment in which the movement for racial justice for Black Americans here at home was conjoined with the anti-war movement and the global movement for human rights.

Today, we cry: Wake up, America. There is no peace dividend in our state of endless warfare beyond Vietnam. We are in danger of moving backward on civil rights, the social safety net, and environmental stewardship. Indeed, our democracy itself is at stake.

Join us as we revisit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s important speech and the principles and lessons invoked, and build the “worldwide fellowship” that he envisioned and that we need now more than ever.

DATE: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
PLACE: Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, IL
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Sherri Bevel, co-founder of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago and the daughter of civil rights legends James Bevel and Diane Nash, will share reflections and a call to action. Other speakers TBA.
READING: Excerpts of speech to be read by a diversity of people of different ages and backgrounds
NETWORKING: We will include a room filled with tables of information from as many organizations as are willing to participate, along with their representatives. Peace & Justice Groups: Please contact CAPA to get a table, free!


Woodstock, VT

MLK’s speech: A Time to Break the Silence

Reading of the Speech

Norman Williams Public Library
10 The Green

Woodstock, VT 05091

San Jose, CA

A Time to Break Silence

Join community groups for a reading of this speech and a reflection on Dr. King’s call for a radical revolution in values.

Sponsored by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, SJSU Human Rights Program, the San Jose NAACP and the San Jose Peace & Justice Center.


Decatur, GA

Join Create Community 4 Decatur because  Black Lives Matter for a critical conversation about our community and city

Tuesday March 21 at 7pm
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
188 2nd Avenue 30030. Park in the lower parking lot off East Lake Drive (across from the Dog Park)
Next Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM in the sanctuary of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter will discuss these and other questions  related to sanctuary for Immigration and Refugees and the connection to the Black Lives Matter Platform with the help of Semhar Semera from Women Watch Afrika, Lovette Thompson from Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Adelina Nicholls from Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), and Rev. Tom Hagood with Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta, a group of congregations that have come together to provide sanctuary for one or more people threatened with deportation.
What does sanctuary mean in the city of Decatur and the surrounding area? Many of us have signs in our yards saying we’re glad you’re our neighbor – what do we really mean? What does it mean if a church, school or hospital proclaims, Refugees welcome here?

The panelists will address the intersections of all of our work with our particular commitment to addressing racism: in the criminal justice system and immigration, movement for black lives platform related to immigration, relationship to mijente and institutional racism, the Muslim Ban 2.0 Executive Order, other issues critical to their organizations and the communities they represent.

CC4D: Black Lives Matter has been working for over two years to specifically address individual, institutional and structural white supremacy and racism. We are people from multiple faiths, multiple cultures, and multiple paths working for equality in the justice system, neighborhoods, housing and education. Participants are from Oakhurst Baptist Church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Jewish Voice for Peace, The Atlanta Religious Society of Friends, Compassionate Atlanta, the New Jim Crow and concerned citizens.

We have addressed structural and institutional racism issues in specifically in Decatur and more largely in the metro area and beyond. Our main focus has been to bring to life the Movement for Black Lives Platform to bring about the policy suggestions locally.  More recently, CC4D:BLM is looking at sanctuary in Decatur and  the intersections of the movement for black lives and immigration and refugee issues, institutional and structural racism toward people of color and ongoing and rising Islamophobia. We support a number of coalition groups, including J20 and the Call to Action for Black and Palestinian Liberation for April 7 & 8.

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Revolution of Values

We call on artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and all community members to join together on April 4th, 2017, to draw inspiration from and breathe new life into the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., strengthening our commitment to speak truth to power and sparking creative action in the year ahead.

Radical Discipleship

RadicalDiscipleship invites you to journey with us through the 40 days of Lent by reading and reflecting daily on Martin Luther’s King’s “Beyond Vietnam,” March 1-April 16.
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