Mimi Lang: Martin Luther King's Vietnam speech relevant after 50 years

"So, I think about it, but I will not let it change my commitment to this work".

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paid the ultimate sacrifice in his quest for a nation that operates on moral principles and, most importantly, equal rights for all citizens. He was in Memphis supporting a sanitation workers strike. Or that the U.S. conducted more than 1,000 nuclear "test" explosions, and under President Obama, recently embarked on a 30-year, at least $1 trillion scheme to upgrade our entire nuclear weapons arsenal (unsurprisingly, every other nuclear state is now doing the same, sparking a new arms race)? Therefore we as faith leaders will call upon government officials to do some civil searching so that we may save the soul of America from destruction and annihilation.

Elmore said he earned $1.25 for working a nine hour day back then in frightful conditions.

The speech marked a turning point in the relationship between Johnson and King - it triggered a break that could not be rectified. "We couldn't do nothing". So that's why we're going to lead a march on tomorrow in Memphis around some of these same issues, that we have to decide we're not going to merely glorify and glamorize the past and say what Dr. King did then.

"Neither of us wanted him to come to Memphis", Young, speaking in the airport's ticketing area on Monday, said, referring to himself and Jackson. "I got hit a couple of times beside the head and I got gas thrown on me". PHOTOS: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum president Terri Lee Freeman, Lee Saunders of National AFSCME, indigenous community activist Kathy Sanchez, Rev. Dr. William Barber, and Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols will all also be on hand. He was assassinated the next day at the old Lorraine Motel.

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Vivian Branch, widow of jazz saxophonist Ben Branch, said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asked her husband to play "Precious Lord" and to play it real pretty. We are calling for an investigation into why African Americans are not able to get fair opportunities for housing in the city. "If he hadn't come we might have been still fighting now". "Evers, X, King might still be alive if you had". So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children.Now there is little left to build on, save bitterness.' Surely, he said, 'this madness must cease'.

"We are on the back burner".

The bureau even wrote a notorious letter to King which appeared to urge him to take his own life, while the FBI's first director, J Edgar Hoover, once described him as the "most notorious liar in the country". His actions were also called too aggressive, too disruptive and said to drive people to violent uprising.

Bellah concluded his article with a call for remaking American civil religion into something greater - a world civil religion. "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death".

AFSME said the pension is unfinished business. In his last days, Dr. King was working feverishly on the third movement, the movement for economic justice, organizing a Poor People's Campaign that would bring together people from across lines of race, religion, and region to demand economic justice.


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