Martin Luther King Jr. – I have a dream
Delivered to over two hundred thousand civil rights supporters, the speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in history and was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.
see also ‘Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam‘
The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. I’ve chosen to preach about the war in Vietnam today, because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war.
There are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty. It’s a dark day in our nation when high level authorities will seek to use every method to silence dissent. Something is happening and the people are not going to be silent. The truth must be told.
And I say that those who are seeking to make it appear that anyone who opposes the war in Vietnam is a fool or a traitor or an enemy of our soldiers is a person who has taken a stand against the best in our tradition.
There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say ‘Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark’, but will curse and damn you when you say ‘Be nonviolent towards toward little brown Vietnamese children!’ There is something wrong with that press
You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry… Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong… with capitalism… There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.
Do you have any dreams?
Ahh, I think I shouldn’t care too much for politics 😀
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , A Historical Perspective (torrent file)
This unique documentary tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s extraordinary life. The video utilizes photos and rare film footage to explore the civil rights activist’s ideas and numerous accomplishments before his tragic death at the hands of an assasin. This video concentrates on the Civil Rights leader’s many groundbreaking accomplishments. The narrarated and mostly black and white footage/photos cover Dr. King’s war on poverty and his staunch opposition to the Vietnam War. Also included is some of his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech and details of his involvement in the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in March and April of 1968.