Detroit, Michigan

50th Anniversary reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” — King’s great speech on war & peace, racism, & poverty. While Dr. King officially came out against the war in delivering this speech, he also looked beyond Vietnam to describe what might lead our country into future wars.

Dr. King delivered his powerful speech at Riverside Church in New York City before a standing room only crowd of 4,000 on April 4, 1967.

Rev. King’s words were prophetic, providing a diagnosis on our society’s gravest illnesses… “the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism” …and a cure… “a true revolution of values.”

16 readers will share Dr. King’s speech from the historic pulpit of Detroit Central United Methodist Church where Dr. King preached several times.

— Congressman John Conyers
— Kezia Curtis, Black Lives Matter
— Gloria House, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University
— Barbara L. Jones, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University
— Kim Redigan, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
— Sidney Simon, Sugar Law Center
— Rashida Tlaib, former member Michigan House of Representatives
— Donnell White, Executive Director, Detroit NAACP
— Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, President, Ecumenical Theological Seminary
— Shea Howell, Boggs Center, Oakland University Professor of Communications

Aljosie Aldrich Harding is the distinguished guest. Her life work has been as a teacher, researcher, librarian, activist, and organizer in movements to build a just society. She continues the work she shared with her co-worker and late husband, Vincent Harding, who drafted Dr. King’s speech.

Detroit Central United Methodist Church – Rev. Dr. Jill Zundel, Pastor
Detroit NAACP – Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, President and Donnell White, Executive Director
Ecumenical Theological Seminary – Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, President
Peace Action of Michigan – Linda Darga and Rev. Rich Peacock, Co-Chairs
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery – Clara Lawrence, Director
Michigan Stop the Nuclear Bombs Campaign – Kim Bergier
Adrian College – President Jeff Docking
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights –
Vietnam Veterans of America –
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University – Dr. Fred Pearson, Director
P.E.A.C.E. – Public Education and Community Engagement Project – Dr. Fran Shor, Director
Democratic Socialists of America – David Green



Video trailer from last year’s event:


Rev. Rich Peacock, or 248.321.7480

Memphis, Tennessee

The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is holding a kick-off for MLK 50 at 4 PM

Los Angeles, California

What: A Community-Wide Justice Revival and Rally
When: Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm.
Where: Macedonia Baptist Church, 1755 East 114th Street, Los Angeles


justice not jails

justice for allMartin Luther King…Fifty Years Later

In the United States, mainstream media tackles racial and ethnic issues in a way that does little more than drive ratings, garner clicks and increase revenue. When the killing of Tamir Rice was captured on video and went viral, in my naivete, I expected awareness to lead to a tidal wave of change . So much for sunlight being the best disinfectant.

Every few years “Race” gets listed as a topic that Americans say they care about. It briefly takes center stage in mainstream media, only to be relegated to the back pages when public interest wanes. And it’s not just the mainstream media that gives it short shrift – in fact, the media is simply a reflection of the greater society.

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a powerful speech entitled, “A Time to Break Silence”. That speech marked a departure for King. In it, he draws parallels between between domestic policy and foreign policy – between racism and war. Many argue that it was his most powerful message. Delivered on April 4, 1967 from the pulpit of the Riverside Church in New York City, not far from where I grew up in the Bronx, Dr. King addressed the notion of American exceptionalism and called for an end to the Vietnam War. Exactly one year later, he was assassinated.

In the 50 years since King’s groundbreaking speech, little has changed. The core elements of the crisis he addressed 50 years ago are still with us—racism, materialism (hypercapitalism), and militarism. Many of us have come to understand the connectedness of all of these “isms.” But until we’re able to mobilize a movement, is it rational for us to expect a material change in the next 50 years?

This April 4, Justice Not Jails and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will be honoring the fiftieth anniversary of King’s call to action with a renewed call to work for justice in these times of heightened uncertainty.

timothy murphyThere will be a full program but one of the core pieces of the event is a panel discussion that addresses the connection between the racial and ethnic problems in the United States and our role on the international stage.  We’ll also address steps that can be taken to move further down the road towards true equality.

We invite you to attend this event, “Acting in the Spirit of Dr. King.”

Sharon Kyle

Organizers: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity • Justice Not Jails
Cosponsors: LA Progressive • Progressive Christians Uniting • AME Ministerial Alliance • Amity Foundation • Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries • Bishop R. Guy Erwin, PhD, ELCA Southwest California Synod • Californians for a Responsible Budget • Council on American-Islamic Relations • Drug Policy Alliance • LA Council of Religious Leaders • Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D. Bishop, Southwest California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism • South Coast Interfaith Council • Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ • More To Come…

New York, New York

Beyond Vietnam: Living King’s Legacy