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Martin Luther King, Jr.: 'Beyond Vietnam,' A Staged Reading

Jenny Asarnow
02/03/2011 at 8:00 p.m.

[Ed. Note: Due to a technical error, this program was scheduled to air on 1/20 but will air 2/3 instead. We apologize for the confusion.]

On April 4, 1967, a year before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against the war in Vietnam at Riverside Church in New York City. His speech "Beyond Vietnam" was condemned by many civil rights leaders who thought it hurt their cause. It incensed President Lyndon Johnson, who revoked King's invitation to the White House. "The calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak," said King. "We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak."

On January 15, 2011, the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas staged a dramatic reading of "Beyond Vietnam" at the Seattle Center. The production was directed by Timeca Briggs and performed by Charles Norris, Pol Rosenthal, Adillia Scott and Rachael Ferguson. Tune in to hear the performance remixed with an archived recording of King's speech.

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