January 21, 2008

On Dr. King's birthday, listening to "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"

Forty-one years after Vietnam, in the midst of our current unjust war — the invasion and attempted occupation of Iraq, heed Dr. King's call —
Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war.

Dr. King delivered the sermon (full text here) at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, April 30, 1967. Black Forum records, a subsidiary of Motown, released this recording, which won a Grammy in 1970 for the Best Spoken Word Recording.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed watching the clip. Thanks, Tamar. Regarding the US moves in foreign countries, the book "Diplomacy" by Henry Kissinger is much recommended.

Tamar Orvell said...

Thanks, Anonymous S, for your comment. Though Dr. K. attended the same high school as my sister and the same college as I (different years, of course;-) this Nobel Laureate's principles (diametrically opposed to those of the Nobel Laureate born January 21), are well summed up in this excerpt from a New York Times op-ed piece:

... Mr. Kissinger's principles: that the greatest enemy of U.S. policy is the U.S. media, that American diplomacy may be happily indifferent to American public opinion, that the great unwashed masses of our democracy are just a big old drag on the elites who know what's best, and that corporate pals are a help, not a hindrance, in government work. ("He's Ba-a-ack!" by Maureen Dowd, Sunday, December 1, 2002, copyright by the New York Times.)

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