January 15, 2007
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are links to two of MLK’s speeches. First, probably his best-known speech, “I Have A Dream.” Next, a much less well-known speech, which tackles the issue of Vietnam. Here’s an excerpt:
As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they asked — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I 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. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.
Both speeches are well worth checking out.
(Hat tip for the second speech to Feministe.)