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A Time To Break Silence Speech

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Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the "triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. Speech delivered on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in NYC. He was assassinated 1 year to the date.


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Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:14 pm
Thank you Dandelion ~ shared.

Roger G (148)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:27 pm
noted, thanks !

Glenda J (158)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:32 pm
Thanks Sheryl such a strong loving effect to revisit the past

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:33 pm
I know this is a longer video of 20 minutes, but he spoke great Truth, these words are as important today, perhaps even more so, than they were even back then. Listen again, even if you heard it years ago. Listen. Play it while you do something else, I listened to it while I dusted, I could still concentrate, yet the dusting got done.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:38 pm
Women can mutitask ! Glad you got your dusting done. I washed my kitchen floor : )

divergent r (309)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:50 pm
thanks dandelion, we must never forget those who sacrificed that others who come after them,could have a better life.
black,red,yellow,brown or white.

Tania K (112)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 3:51 pm
Thank you,Sheryl...beautiful words.Sad for not being able to send a green star...

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:18 pm
If anyone would perfer to read it this hot link will bring you to it. It actually contains more than the audio.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:26 pm
"They must see Americans as strange liberators. The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1945, after a combined French and Japanese occupation and before the communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its re-conquest of her former colony. Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not ready for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long." Martin Luther King Jr.


Caitlin M (104)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:27 pm
If there's ever a time to break silence it is now, as it was in the '60s as well. Thanks, Dandelion. Good words and listening to MLK's voice is such a pleasure... and sad that he didn't make as long a journey as we'd have liked. If he had lived, I wonder what differences there might be in our world today. We know he would have continued to speak out and do his best to effect the change we need. Now it's our turn to do what we can. Thanks, Dandelion.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:37 pm

If one studies WWII and the finalization of a peace treaty, one finds that some generals were unhappy with territories left unconquered. Therefore to resolve that we went to war in South Korea and then Vietnam. Just as today, war is a prime basis for our economy, or should we say it was prime. Now its more just a habit to feed the corporate interests. We checked off Iraq - sort of, and now we on to another. Iran here comes the United States, perhaps not the army of WWII, fighting against true enemies, just a ghostly shadow of what we once were. Now, like a gambler with a habit, we just gotta have the next fix.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:15 pm
Thanks Dandelion I remember this speech but have not heard it for a while so thanks for posting it, As I was one of those protesting the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr was a great man and I was honored to shake his hand once, War is never the right answer to think that someday we will all find peace, The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice-Martin Luther King Jr, Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, But a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:22 pm
I've often thought, who, if I had a chance to meet would I choose. Martin Luther King Jr. is certainly high on my list. What a privilege you got to shake his hand Mary, and thank you for all that you have done in the past and what you do today.

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 5:42 pm
I remember the speech well. He lost considerable support for giving it. We have not fully addressed racism, much less the other two.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 6:17 pm

He Walked his Talk Myron, few do that, he stands tall among the many.


LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 7:21 pm
What else can be said? It is immensely unfortunate most Americans are simply to stupid, to brain dead to what is going on now, to get how vital what he spoke decades are exactly to that which we are subjected TODAy. All I can say it WAKE UP America or die. The options are pretty straight forward, because the death of Corporatist Fascism is hanging of Americas head like a Guillotine with a rotting rope.

For the gods sake and in recognition of MLK, Occupy something to encourage a General Strike. The coming elections will be a fraudulent scam in which DieBold will determine the outcome, they won’t save us. Only the people, taking action together, can do it. Get it in your heads we, as the voters the taxpayers, have been usurped by inattentiveness and overthrown as participants our own governance. ALL HAIL THE JOB CREATORS, for China’s inferior, slave labor, produced crap.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 8:04 pm
I have have in the youth of today. They are the first generation to have it worse than the one before them in a long long time. People get too comfortable they get too lax, too apathetic, so a fire has been lit under their butts that will increase.

Those of us who have always been activists from the sixties and seventies, we are getting older, but we do what we can, the pen is mighty, and the internet is active. We may not know who is reading what is on here but it only takes one to read something that ignites a flame within their being. One person can do a lot, one can turn into a multitude.

Please consider The Justice Party.....check it out. Their stance on many things is much to the keeping of MLK.
We have a young lady that is very active in my community who spent most of the beginnings to the end of the NYC park experience of OWS. We are fortunate to have her expertise from that time and we are having a march down our main street with our local Occupiers, then workshops, teach in's, and the General Assembly all on Martin Luther King Jr day.
This message brought to you by the great unheard, unwashed masses of America, and the poor, the halt, the lame, and the financial-war-weary everywhere.


Patricia E G (52)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 9:18 pm
Thank you Dee,

MLK shall fondly be remembered... The Man..The Legend..The Visionary

l L (1)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 9:20 pm
Dande; I am so glad to run across an article that you host and find the rest of you here as well. Thx dande for reminding us of a champion in history that gave us hope and strength.
did you notice or go back and re- look that this man and his followering were peace and took some much violence to them. people looked at him with admiration for his truth and courage to continue non-violent and show up where people were being mistreated and put up a shield before them. when he was murdered the powers that be did not understand the power this one man and admiration he had in the hearts of the injured and the helpless nor did they see what would come after killing him would bring on this nation. A deadly strik on them by peoples who care nothing about non-violence. They see if you do this to a just man and a non-violent man; that you cannot be reasoned with in no way shape or form.
I was young then and didn't understand about the power of the cia; King is talking about that here.

Dande this needs to go viral, to remind us that the same thing then is the same thing now.
Does speaking out always lead to your death?
How I just hate all of this.
I thank God for you dandelion, I thank God for you. I am going to listen to this again. I find comfort in it. I find comfort in it. Good to be in the company of you all once again. I find comfort in you as well. You just don't know how much.
Guess you heard they are still/yet sign more laws to lock americans up from the congress to the white house.
Does anyone know why Pres Obama is doing this to us? It is so hurtful. Has he really turned on us? I am trying to grasp some reason he why he has done this? I can't find it. any of you close to him know why?

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 10:08 pm
Like Gandhi, King was against all violence and recognized that gross economic disparity and exploitation and all forms of bigotry are as violent as war. Today, some of our youth are being attracted to a presidential candidate because he is (or so they think) anti-war, although he would sanction those other forms of violence in the name of property and freedom. As Adlai Stevenson said, hungry people are not free. And (Pope Paul VI, proving even Popes can be right sometimes): "If you want peace, work for justice."

That is what Gandhi and King taught.

Lyn L.: What that Obama has done are you asking about? I am far from close to him but, assuming you are referring to the NDAA's indefinite detention provision, I'd say it's rather clear. First and foremost, he is a
politician and realized that vetoing the NDAA would be very costly, probably suicidal. He did threaten to veto the GOP-introduced provision; but, after a little tweaking of the provision's language, only 8 Senate Democrats stood tall against the provision. So, he compromised (as he unfortunately is too prone to do) and signed, with a signing statement limiting the use his Administration would make of the provision. Unacceptable to me, but hardly sufficient to put the whole burden on him without asking why the GOP did this to us, why the Senate Democrats were so willing to compromise for so little, and why so many Americas would have voted against him had he not signed the NDAA (far more, I'm convinced, than those of us who might vote against him because he did sign it) that a veto almost surely would have been political suicide. So, ultimately, quoting Pogo, "We have met the enemy, and it is us." Militarism remains strong in the hearts and minds of many Americans, as do all forms of bigotry, economic competition and consumerism, and indifference to social injustice. And all are aspects of violence that both Gandhi and King died opposing.

Thanks, again, D., for posting this and reminding of all this.

l L (1)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 10:42 pm
Myron thank you for taking the time to give me an answer and yes I am referring to NDAA. This; I would have expected from a republican president but not him. But you do point out some things that I can't see, that it would be political suicide for him if he would have vetoed it. maybe an act of conscience on his part by letting the sleeping public know this bill is on the table. The oddity is tha he signed it anyway. But all of what you say makes sense. Do you know on this site there is an article about something like ndaa has been drafted and he has signed that as well. Do you know if that is true?
I wish the prosgressive would come out and explain this. we put him in office as our only hope, to give us a chance to turn stuff around and he kept caving. It was important to not cave. Now we have to overcome stuff now lost, that we had and watch as they attempt to burn him at the stake. why wouldn't he just listen to us?
Thx Myron.

l L (1)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 10:46 pm
What I was trying to say; not ndaa but another bill a latest one, that is signed sealed and delivered to further destroy american citizens similar to ndaa, blessings of john mccain? I use the word destroy because once they pick you up you are destroyed in some form and everyone associated with you. a set up like in the days of hitler.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 12:21 am

Parsifal S (99)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 12:35 am

TUFT Dandelion !
Just great !

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 1:26 am
You shouldn't bring tears to my eyes so early in the day Sheryl,great man and a great speech that is just as important today as it was then.Thanks for reminding us.

Victoria P (109)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 1:56 am
Noted with thanks

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 2:01 am
Wonderful speech, thank you Dandelion.

He mentioned the very important economic point about the Vietnam War: the American government invested 500,000 USD in each enemy they killed, while they only invested 53 USD for each American person classified as poor. Moreover, the biggest part of those 53 USD went to salaries for those who administer the poverty projects, thus to people who are not poor themselves.

The second important point Dr. King made was the following: when you have political leaders who behave violently (observe the word "behave" because it is not what they "say" that matters), then this violent behavior will manifest in society as increased violence and crime. Thus, we do as our leaders do. Hence, we can thank our violent politicians for the increased crime on the streets and in our homes. If our leaders really wanted to make a positive difference, and to gain our respect, then they should start acting as respectful examples.

I completely agree with Dr. King. I have a deep respect for his mission, exactly as I have for the works and life of Gandhi. We need many more who dare to stick out their necks and resist the violent domination of the political and economic elites (which I prefer to call patriarchy).

Waltraud U (85)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 3:12 am
Thank you !

ewoud k (68)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 8:05 am
A timeless speech.

Thanks for reminding us Sheryl!

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 8:14 am
Thank you for reminding us of these timeless words spoken by MLK jr.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 10:56 am
As it is nearing Martin Luther Kings, Jr's birthdate celebration of his life I wanted to also place this upon the C2 news one of his speeches. It does not matter if one is US citizen or not, this speech will be one that touches everyone.

I know his famous, I Have A Dream Speech, is well known by many but to me this is one of his speeches I am drawn to present today. The war(s) and the endless drum beat of war must be questioned and examined. It is important, that each of us reach down deep inside and fully realize all that is at stake, not only for our own Country, the USA, that beats this drum, but how it impacts the world over.

This speech of MLK's was during the VietNam era, and he could say the same words today and it would have the same impact. Why are not his words being shouted from the tops of every roof? Taught in schools in every classroom across this land? We have been too lax as a people on this and other matters and we pay a high price for that.

His words speak great Truth, and yet too few listened, and even fewer did anything to follow his words of truth, by standing up against the War Machine. Too many have become too quiet, too complacent, and confuse patriotism with their silence.

So listen.....please. I know it's 20 minutes long but is is vital for these words to fill our ears, our Hearts, and our "spirits"......



He was killed one year to the date of this speech. This date was not by chance, it was selected to send a message. We must not let his speech die with him, we MUST pass this message forward. For as we can see, all we have had is wars and rumors of wars for our failure to embed this message into our lives.

One doesn't have to be Christian to know of these things in our Hearts. Now all good Hearts of all faiths and non must rise up against this War Machine.

Please listen to it in FULL.....listen how it pertains to our today.


Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 11:21 am
Great. Thanks very much.

Merike Lillenberg (52)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 12:39 pm
Thank you Dandelion. Noted!

Patrick Donovan (344)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 2:56 pm
Thanks Dandelion; the world would be a much better place with Dr. King around.

Susanne R (236)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 10:05 pm
His words are as relevant today as they were when he spoke them:

"As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through non-violent action; for they ask and write me, "So what about Vietnam?" They ask if our nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government."

Who could argue with that statement, or the one that follows?

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a brilliant and articulate man. His life was taken because he spoke the truth, and there were those who didn't want to hear it or accept it. Thanks for the reminder, Dandelion.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 11:19 pm
Great man! Awesome speech! This stands even more so now, today, as it did then. Thanks Dandelion.

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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday January 12, 2012, 10:10 am
Thank you Susanne for bringing forth those particular quotes out of the speech. The full speech is full of such quotes, full of such wisdom, that it is hard to mearly pull sections out, but each section one does pull out holds a wealth of Truth behind it. Indeed, it is why he was killed, taken from us, he spoke great truth, and without it being presented over and over to us from his lips and others lips, we have gone on to go into a Nation of the spiritual death.

But after so many were shot and removed from our lives, who felt they wanted to step in and fill those shoes as they looked at the eyes of their own children? Is why such dramatic signals were given, the deaths of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King Jr, so near each other. Is why the powerful launched a full out attack of the clubbing, water hoses, and pepper spray, as they are now unleashing on the OWS.

How DARE we stand up and speak out against our own enslavement!

How DARE we stand up and speak out against the injustices inflicted upon us?

But this is how it is done, and they settled us for 40 years, and look what has happend.

More poverty.....
More of our population behind bars.....

Yet they grow richer and more powerful......

So Martin Luther Kings Jr's words were as equally important today as they were back then. We can all sit back and remain serfs to the system created to support in fine style the "few" while the masses want or decline from where they were as their sons and now daughers are sent off to the drum beats of more and more wars. We can stand down and allow our Mother Earth to be destroyed at their wanton stupidity, or we can rise as a people of not only this Country but of the world and save her which in turns saves ourselves.

Carmen S (611)
Friday January 13, 2012, 1:00 am
noted, thanks Dandelion

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday January 13, 2012, 2:12 am
Noted. Thanks Sheryl for an excellent post!

Kit B (276)
Monday January 16, 2012, 11:02 am

When I was still in high school I asked the Dean of girls if I might attend a rally led by MLK, it was to be a short leave for the morning only. She said, "no, those rallies rarely run time, it's best if you take the whole day" I did and was most fortunate to shake his hand that day. It's not often that one man can have such a strong effect on so many people's lives, this man most certainly did that. I think it could be said, that his unrelenting pursuit of justice helped to save this nation in more ways then many realize or think much about.

Michele DiGiorgi (320)
Monday January 16, 2012, 3:34 pm
Thank you so much {wa do} sweet Dandelion for this most magnificent post of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. speech.
I'm sorry I didn't see it sooner hon. Am watching now...also saving this wonderful speech of such an inspiring soul on this planet.
TY for sharing my message as well with others, how very kind of you as usual. Bless your heart for sharing & caring my sister.

In peace always,

Shelli S (374)
Monday January 16, 2012, 4:45 pm
Thanks for sending, Dandelion, there will never be another Martin Luther King JR..Imagine what MLK would say today, about America, and where our Country is at? We were robbed, of his passion and brilliance, far to soon!!

lee e (114)
Monday January 16, 2012, 5:14 pm
I finally took a break from the MD visits and relived the moment! Thanks D - it took me back to the time when I was a "renegade" - performed "Cradle will Rock" at the Harvard Loeb theater, sang "socialist" songs at meetings and in recitals, and now it is my generation that promotes the very "racism, militarism, and economic disparity" that so many of us were so opposed to - how sorry it is that I feel as disappointed with my government now, even with our first black president who should have stood stronger for the equality of the oppressed and I had hopes that he would, but now I am still involved in protests (as health allows) nearly 50 yrs. later! I think it's a wonderful tribute to and a wonderful way to spend MLK day listening to his words that are still so disappointingly relevant today!

Rhonda Maness (580)
Monday January 16, 2012, 7:01 pm
Thanks Dandelion!

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 16, 2012, 7:11 pm
You cannot currently send a star to lee because you have done so within the last week.
Well stated, I too am so disappointed that these words would still be so relevant today. It matters not the color of the face in office, what matters it the Heart of the person. We have a lot of heartless people who are in the seats of power and heads of Corporations.

Patricia E G (52)
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:39 pm
Dee, You have put together a very nice Tribute to MLK. He will be remembered
fondly by all. I wll always remember his death and his life.
Thank you

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 16, 2012, 9:48 pm
Thank you Pat, Shell, Rhonda, FreeSpirit for your kind words and all else who took the time to listen and or leave comment. I was at my small communities first Occupy Event today, I think Martin Luther King Jr, would of been pleased that we were standing for social and economic justice for all in this Country. At the end we had a candle light vigil in his honor. Thanks Lee for sharing with us some about "you"......

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday January 17, 2012, 4:08 am
Noted. Thanks Dandelion.
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