Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I Have a Dream…to Go to War?!”

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“The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to end it must be ours.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking of Vietnam.

This week the Pentagon sank to a new low: claiming that Dr. King would “understand” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. King’s legacy is clear: he opposed war and other violence and condemned war as “an enemy of the poor.”

Help us stop the Pentagon’s lies and attempts to justify the brutal, futile war in Afghanistan. Spread the truth by sharing this video with your family and friends.

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Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967) (repost)

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Posted previously on March 13, 2006 and again January 14, 2007 and again January 20, 2008. ~ Lo

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The American Oligarchy, Civil Rights and the Murder of Martin Luther King by Andrew Gavin Marshall

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November 29, 2010

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Civil Rights and Social Control

As the American civil rights movement emerged in the 1950s, the established American oligarchy, in all its various forms and avenues of influence, set in motion simultaneous attempts to control the evolution of the movement, in order to both divide the movement and its leaders against each other, and also to control its direction. The Civil Rights Movement arose as an independent and people-driven movement in a struggle for black rights in America. In this, the movement presented a great threat to the establishment oligarchy, as historically the subjugation of black people within western society was not merely a result of western policies, but lies at the very foundations and bedrock of western ‘civilization’, politically, socially, and economically. Thus, challenging the segregation of race inevitably challenges the entire political, economic and social system.

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Brief Thoughts About Glenn Beck’s Recent D.C. Rally by Ed Ciaccio

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– August 31, 2010
September 5, 2010

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TV personality/self-assumed “messiah”/and seller of gold Glenn Beck held his D.C. rally to “Take Back America” last Saturday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where, in 1963 on that same date, August 28, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech about the dire need for racial integration and tolerance.

The Beck crowd, in the tens of thousands, drew families from all over the U.S. They were “preached” to by Beck and Sarah Palin, among others. Palin said she spoke “not as a politician. No, as something more — something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier…Say what you want to say about me, but I raised a combat vet, and you can’t take that away from me.”

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Federal Bureau of Intimidation by Howard Zinn

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I thought it would be good to talk about the FBI because they talk about us. They don’t like to be talked about. They don’t even like the fact that you’re listening to them being talked about. They are very sensitive people. If you look into the history of the FBI and Martin Luther King-which now has become notorious in that totally notorious history of the FBI- the FBI attempted to neutralize, perhaps kill him, perhaps get him to commit suicide, certainly to destroy him as a leader of black people in the United States. And if you follow the progression of that treatment of King, it starts, not even with the Montgomery Bus Boycott; it starts when King begins to criticize the FBI. You see, then suddenly Hoover’s ears, all four of them, perk up. And he says, okay, we have to start working on King.

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Bill Moyers Journal: Bryan Stevenson and Michelle Alexander + Inequality

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April 02, 2010

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In the months before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had expanded his focus on racial justice to include reducing economic inequality. On this week’s 42nd anniversary of King’s assassination, Bill Moyers sits down with attorneys Bryan Stevenson and Michelle Alexander to discuss how far we’ve really come as a country, how poor and working class Americans have been falling behind and what America must do to fulfill Dr. King’s vision.

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: I Have Been to the Mountain Top + MLK, in His Own Words

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This is the Speech Dr. King gave on April 3, 1968 at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN. It was the night before he was assassinated. It seemed as though he knew his life was coming to an end.

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Noam Chomsky on Haiti, Health Care, Civil Disobedience and more

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Turning King’s Dream into a Nightmare by Chris Hedges

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Marginalizing Martin: Ignoring MLK’s Still-Relevant Speech by Ed Ciaccio

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January 13, 2010

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mid-January means it’s time to commemorate the birthday of a true African-American peacemaker who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for actual peacemaking work.   But once again, as they do every year, our politicians, our pundits, and our corporate media will narrow down Dr. King’s life and legacy to that of strictly black-white civil rights with convenient clichés such as “slain civil rights leader” and countless, predictable references to his “I Have A Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington, as though that was the only important speech he ever made.  That way, they can manage to make it seem as though his development as a world, not merely U.S., thinker and leader was frozen in that summer of ’63, and that his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize was the “capping off” of his public career. And the key word in the previous sentence is “manage,” as in managing or controlling.

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Legendary CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92 + Kucinich’s Statement

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Sympathies and condolences to his family and friends the world over.  RIP Walter Cronkite.

By Mark Washburn
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July 17, 2009

He led us to Saigon, to Jonestown, to Selma, to Attica.

He escorted us to all corners of the Earth, then he showed us to the moon.

As anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” Walter Cronkite — who died Friday at age 92 after a period of failing health, family members said — not only narrated a tumultuous era in American life, but presided over the instant that television achieved its thunderbolt potential to be the most powerful communication tool in history.

That defining moment unfolded Nov. 22, 1963, after Cronkite was drawn to the urgent, five-bell summons of the United Press International ticker in the CBS newsroom: Shots had been fired at the motorcade of President John F. Kennedy.
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Walter Cronkite announces death of JFK

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Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK on November 22, 1963.

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite
(November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009)
CBS News Anchor (April 16, 1962 – March 6, 1981)
A true professional in his field…he will be missed.

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Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by Andrew Hughes

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by Andrew Hughes
Global Research, January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King Day precedes the historic inauguration of America’s first African American President

Martin Luther King Day in 2009 precedes the dawn of the historic inauguration of America’s first African American President. This inauguration is lauded as the realization of Dr. King’s dream, a defining moment in the cultural paradigm, a tectonic shift in race relations and a beacon of real change for the plight of the poor and oppressed. Infusing the dreams and ethos of Dr. King in to the presidential persona demands a confluence of ideals and actions to truly deserve the association. To betray the dream, to profit from the sacrifice is to insult the legacy. To be worthy of the torch demands integrity.

“Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam.I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”

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The Legacy of Dr. King by Cindy Sheehan

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January 16, 2009

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies—or else? The chain reaction of evil—hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars—must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


Today, I wept as my forehead was pressed against the wall of glass partitioning me and other National Civil Rights’ Museum goers from the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, lie after he was shot down by an assassin’s bullet on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. I wept for perhaps the greatest American civil rights’ leader, but also for the man who had begun (against the wishes of many of his colleagues) to vigorously not only speak out against the murder in Vietnam, but also strenuously against militarism, which he called in his Building the Beloved Community (which I feel is King’s opus) speech delivered at Riverside Church in NYC exactly one year before his death: one of the greatest of “evils” along with racism and poverty.

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MLK Day: Covenantal Pledge by the People

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Jan. 14, 2009

Rebirthing King, Re-Inaugurating America: A Covenantal Pledge by the American People

[This Covenantal Pledge was developed by The Tent of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah as part of an effort to reawaken Americans to work for the vision of America set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King in his Riverside Church speech of April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his death.

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William Pepper: The Execution of Martin Luther King (2003)

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Talk by William Pepper author of “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King” and “Orders to Kill: The Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King” given February 27, 2003 in Seattle.

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