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06 April 2017, 02:38 | Nichole Osborne
'I've seen the promised land': The last, legendary words of Martin Luther King
She says they plan on unveiling the renovations next year on the 50th commemoration of Dr. King's death. The views expressed here are his.
- A candlelight vigil was held in the nation's capital to remember the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 49th anniversary of his assassination.
King, 39, was killed by a single shot to the neck.
Bellah concluded his article with a call for remaking American civil religion into something greater - a world civil religion. "The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve, "King told a packed audience in Riverside's pews".
As part of a weekly rally, members of Broome County Veterans for Peace along with Peace Action recited Martin Luther King's 1967 speech given at Riverside Church in New York City.
That night, King delivered his now-famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech at Mason Temple Church of God in Christ. Therefore we as faith leaders will call upon government officials to do some civil searching so that we may save the soul of America from destruction and annihilation. King's elegant lauding of "those great wells of democracy" in his Letter from Birmingham Jail remains a touchstone in our own time. But, in characteristic fashion, Dr. King's entry into the anti-war movement was both lyrical and decisive. Economic and racial injustice still blights lives and stamps out hope.
"He had been terribly disappointed in King for good reasons or not", said Harry McPherson Jr., special counsel to Johnson, in a 1968 interview after King's death.
"Our neighborhoods are really unique in that they adhere to the message that Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had trying to be inclusive and having diverse neighborhoods", said Steven Meyer, Executive Director of King Park Development Corporation. In 1967, the nation wasn't ready for King's lamentations about Vietnam.
How many Americans know the United States has been at war for all but a relatively few years (fewer than 20) of our history since 1776?
Many blasted this decision as unwise and irresponsible.
Eye-stinging clouds of tear gas, as well as baton-wielding police, couldn't scare it out of him in 1965, when he guided choking, bloody demonstrators away from the Edmund Pettus Bridge after racists thwarted their first voting rights march in Selma. Fifty seven percent of Americans believed that King and young activists were damaging their cause.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. After King's assassination that April, his widow and others tried to continue this work. (China has one and is about to build a second, near ours in Djibouti.) Or that we maintain almost 7,000 nuclear warheads, all tens, hundreds or even thousands of times more destructive than the Hiroshima bomb that killed 140,000 people?
And now the Kennedy King Park is gearing up for a major transformation. Near the end of his speech he spoke of the "long and bitter - but handsome - struggle for a new world" he proudly engaged in.
Whether the words of Dr. King's speech are compared to politics, modern day discrimination or classism, Americans have the right to take a stand, speak up, continue King's legacy and make the right choice.
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