Detroit, Michigan

April 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Central Methodist Church Detroit
23 E Adams Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

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