[From Emily Ling for the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Boston]
Please explore the following sources of information regarding Martin Luther King Jr.’s
“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech, delivered April 4th, 1967.
§ Full transcript and audio of speech [See “Speech” page on this website.]
§ Transcript of Q&A that followed King’s delivery of the speech on the evening of April
§ MLK+50 is a year-long commemoration of Dr. King’s legacy, led by Rabbi Arthur
Waskow at The Shalom Center. Their site contains ways to reflect on and take
action to live out MLK’s legacy, beginning on April 4, 2017 and concluding on April 4,
2018 – the 50th anniversary of King’s death.
§ On the 40th anniversary of “Beyond Vietnam”, Democracy Now interviewed Rev. King’s
friend and speechwriter Vincent Harding who drafted the address. Harding provides
powerful perspective on the historic context of the speech in the later years of King’s
life, and the continued call for America to become a more mature nation.
§ Tavis Smiley Reports on PBS produced a 2010 documentary episode titled MLK: A
Call to Conscience, which included a collection of reflections, interviews, videos and
blogposts related to the “Beyond Vietnam” speech and Dr. King’s stance against the
§ NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” featured an interview with Tavis Smiley on March 30, 2010
about the release of the documentary. The discussion with Smiley provides a good,
brief introduction to the importance of the speech.