Dr. King’s Forgotten Agenda

March 8th, 2010, by


When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you probably think of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But what do you think about his “Beyond Vietnam” speech?

What’s that? You’ve never heard of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech?

Well, you’re not alone.

On Wednesday, March 31, the second installment of Tavis Smiley Reports explores the forgotten agenda of Dr. King by examining the “Beyond Vietnam” speech that he delivered at New York’s Riverside Church in 1967 and the subsequent loss of his popularity in the last year of his life.

The speech at Riverside not only joined the anti-war and civil rights movements, but it also included a searing indictment of U.S. foreign policy when Dr. King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”

Listen to the audio and read a transcript of the speech here. And be sure to tune in to “MLK: A Call to Conscience” on Wednesday, March 31. 

Last modified: April 26, 2011 at 11:17 am