Wednesday, January 10, 2007

MLK, Jr. at Riverside Church

This year on MLK Day, I'll be in New York City. My class, which is jointly offered by New York Theological Seminary and the Church of God Theological Seminary meets nightly at Riverside Church. This link is to a speech King made at Riverside on April 4, 1967, one year to the day before he was assassinated in Memphis. When King broke the silence, and spoke out against Vietnam, even his own followers severed their ties with him. But for King, it was an ethical, civil rights issue: too many 19 year old black men were being killed.

It seems we don't learn from history. So, we are doomed to repeat it.

I say it's time again to break the silence.