In 1967 at Riverside Church, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the sermon and speech, Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence, and addressed three of America's demons; racism, materialism and militarism.
He called our government; "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and "the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit."
person of faith, King knew the power that was within and that, "there is
nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our
priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit
King knew that the only hope for real change ""lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism"The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history."