On this, the 50 th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, we find ourselves still confronted by our deeply rooted problems of racism, militarism, sexism, and materialism. “Vietnam” could be replaced by Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and other locations, and the speech would still be relevent, 5 decades later.

Dr. King’s ever-living words will be read by members of Veterans for Peace, Bay Peace, Afro Solo, and other organizations.

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#Reclaim King

Join us for a beloved community conversation, #ReclaimKing, Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7pm.

49 years after his assassination, join us as we reflect on the true legacy of the man that the FBI called “the most dangerous man in America.”

Featuring a reading of exercepts of “Beyond Vietnam”

Conversation facilitated by Shea Howell.


April 5, Webinar

‘A Time to Break the Silence,’ 50 Years On, and the Los Angeles Uprising, 25th Anniversary: A Conversation with Sue Park and Hyun Hurr

Register here.

Sojourner Truth—KPFK radio with Margaret Prescod April 4—7-8 AM Pacific

Breaking Silence speech excerpts and discussion with Ash-Lee Henderson;  Aljoise Harding and Frank Joyce



St Paul MN April 4,

Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27 will be holding an event in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Kings “Beyond Speech” by reading it in front steps of the State Capitol Building in St. Paul at 4:00 pm on April 4, 2017.




Santa Fe,NM

The Center for Progress and Justice
1420 Cerrillos Rd.
Sante Fe, NM
Greetings, the Veterans for Peace will sponsor a reading in on April 3rd. J.Gilbert Sanchez and Kathy Sanchez will be part of Readings in representing the National Council of Elders. The event will begin at 3 p.m. It is at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. at The Center for Progress and Justice.

Thank you.

University of Louisville Belnap Campus

Anniversary Events: Anne Braden Institute 10th Anniversary and “Beyond Vietnam” read-in

Ekstrom  Library Quad

University of Louisville Belnap Campus

On April 4, 2007, Julian Bond cut the ceremonial ribbon at Room 258 of Ekstrom Library, marking the official opening of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. April 4, 2017, marks the 10thanniversary of that occasion, as well as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King delivering his powerful “Beyond Vietnam” speech. To commemorate both of these events, the ABI will be sponsoring a read-in of “Beyond Vietnam” on the Ekstrom Library quad and the Student Activites Center bridge of the UofL Belknap campus, from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Contact cfosl@louisville.edu to participate.

Ann Arbor, MI

On April 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. in G632 Haven Hall,  DAAS’  Community Engaged Learning Program is going to be holding a special 50th anniversary commemoration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” In this powerful speech, which was given the year before he was assassinated,  Dr. King spoke of militarism, racism, sexism and materialism, describing the US as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” 
DAAS is inviting you to join us as we watch clips of Dr. King’s speech, hear his voice and gather together to discuss how relevant his words are for us today. We are seeking people who would like to read aloud his words so that we may discuss passages from the speech and their meaning. This speech is a snapshot from the last year of his life and so we would like to take some time to reflect on the message he shared with the audience that night back in 1967.
If you would like to join us and share a passage, please let me know! We would like for this to be an evening where we break bread together (refreshments will be served), talk about MLK’s legacy and what we hope for our own legacies to be. He has joined the ancestors, but what do we plan to do with our lives on behalf of the beloved community? We want to hear from you!

Olympia, WA

A Panel & Reading of the Speech

1302 Mountain Aire Dr SE
Olympia, WA

New York, New York @ Tillman Chapel

1:00 – 2:30 PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tillman Chapel
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (44th st & First Ave)

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations

Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble
Directed by Bettye Forbes

Interfaith Prayers for Peace

Rev. Dr. James A Forbes, Jr.
Sr. Minister Emeritus, Riverside Church

Sponsored by
Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations
Chaplain’s Office, Church Center for the UN