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A Time to Break Silence

Mary Ann Reilly

Ringwood, United States

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A homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered the speech, Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence, at Riverside Church in New York City. I believe that his speech, although delivered more than 30 years ago, is nonetheless quite timely given man of our Middle East and economic policies today.

In this extraordinary speech, Dr. King says, “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”

In this new series (Peace Series), I highlight those among us who have broken the silence like Dr. King did, shining light on the urgent need in 1967 and I would urge today to restructure the “ediface which produces beggars.”

Reforming the Jericho Road is the critical work we must get right this time.

I have included a link to the speech below. Follow that link to hear Dr. King deliver the speech.

Image of Dr. King & Speech

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