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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  • woof
    woofover 5 years ago

    thank you!!! :)

  • you are very welcomed.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 5 years ago

    This gave me the chills – your passion for social justice coupled with your artistic vision makes your work truly iconic in my view. beautiful, mary ann :))

  • social justice matters. thanks Anne. I think it was Toni Morrison who said, If art doesn’t make us good, what is it there for…

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • ooyayootay
    ooyayootayover 5 years ago

    And, if you check the dates, that speech was delivered exactly one year before he died!

    This is WONDERFUL!! You really captured the spirit of the speech here!


  • Yes, I knew it was a year prior to his death in Memphis. I often wondered if this speech was the reason for his murder. I imagine today with the Patriot Act (what a name) one uttering what Dr. King did that night might be jailed. Thanks so much for your comments:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    You have being Featured in the
    First Things Group

  • Thanks so much. Love the other work I am seeing present in the group and am honored to have this work selected.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    excellent ;

  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Mitchell Tillison
    Mitchell Tillisonover 5 years ago

    Brilliant commentary and artistic vision, Mary Ann!

  • hey, thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneverover 5 years ago


  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    great job

  • thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskiover 5 years ago

    Powerful work Mary Ann. Thanks for the link.

  • thanks and the speech is very powerful.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work! We all need to examine our system that produces beggars.

  • yes, i so agree.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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