King’s Message of Nonviolence Should Not Be Overlooked

Common Dreams
by Robert E. Griffin

01/18/09

The media fixate on only a part of King’s dream. In the final years of his life, King moved from concentrating on civil rights for blacks to other issues he deemed important, even critical. King realized that poverty needed to be dealt with in America. Poverty was not as popular a message as civil rights. Favorable and abundant media coverage dried up. Then on April 4, 1967, King gave the ‘Beyond Vietnam’ speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. Although he had been warned not to do so, King spoke out against the Vietnam War. Moreover, King spoke of a larger soul-sickness in America of which the war was only a symptom. This was not a popular message. King spoke out against the militarism and the hyper-nationalism that he saw in his country. He viewed it as a form of idolatry...

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