Posted in Communicating for Social Change, Compassion, Conflict, Political communication

50 Years Ago: MLK Riverside Speech

Fifty years ago today, April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a powerful speech in which he connected the U.S. civil rights movement to opposition to the Vietnam War.

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His words about nonviolent action, compassion, and social change remain meaningful today – especially today.

Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.

Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qf6x9_MLD0

Transcript: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/

 

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