We are presenting here four different versions or ways of understanding Dr. King’s prophetic sermon “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.“ One is the full written text of the sermon; one is a videotape of it; one is a brief “out-take” of passages from it; and the fourth is a longer out-take of excerpts. Why these different versions?

The sermon is quite long, and about half of it is specifically about Vietnam. On the one hand, for many people the direct encounter wth the fullness of Dr. King’s thought, and how the Vietnam War sparked his increasingly profound call for deep changes in American society and values, will draw them to read and listen/watch the whole sermon.

On the other hand, for many people now, the detailed Vietnam exploration may seem “ancient history” and therefore unattractive, while Dr. King’s more prophetic and timeless comments may feel very powerful as applied to our own generation. So the two different excerpted versions have far less of the Vietnam material and a far higher proportion of the timeless and prophetic passages that apply today.

We are presenting the full text, the film, and both excerpted versions to give people the greatest degree of choice.

Excerpt #1

“A Radical Revolution of Values”
Brief Excerpts from “Beyond Vietnam”

Excerpt #2

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”
Longer excerpts from “Beyond Vietnam”

Full written text

“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”

Audio of MLK delivering the sermon