By David Pescovitz at 11:59 am Mon, Jan 18, 2010
Hey, Boing Boing —
MLK’s anti-Vietnam-war speech is at least as deserving of the important but cliche I Have a Dream speech. Please consider posting this on your front page:
This should be required watching every holiday until “we get it.”
Hear, hear! Thanks for posting this. Just hearing the man’s voice somehow restores my faith in humankind.
Happy celebration of the day that is 81 years, 3 days after Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth! (Why do governments “reschedule” people’s birthdays?)
This mp3 of the rarely heard â€œBut If Notâ€ speech by MLK is crucial to grasp his soaring moral vision and deep intimacy with the Bible:
thanks for that :)
I prefer the musical version:
Philip Randolph, the African American labor organizer and journalist, first planned such a march on Washington in 1941.
FDR introduced the Fair Employment Act and the march was cancelled.
Speaking of awesome MLK speeches…
MLK Mountaintop speech given on April 3, 1968; less than 24 hours before his assassinatin:
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
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