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Friday, April 04, 2008

Martin Luther King's Death: 40 Years On

From Media Mouse

On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, we urge folks to reflect on King's actions and the challenges that remain. Forty years later, racism--both institutional and otherwise--is still at the core of American society. Moreover, the other evils of the United States government identified by King--materialism and militarism--continue to oppress people within the United States and around the globe.

Below is King's "Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" speech in which he outlined his opposition to the Vietnam War:

We also urge folks to read King's final speech, "I've been to the Mountaintop" to help understand the evolution of King's thought. While the media and our history books present a sanitized version of King, the reality is that by the time of his death King was challenging the economic structures on which the US is built and attempting to develop a multiracial movement across class lines for economic justice.


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