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Mlk on war { January 16 2003 }

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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 13:36:00 -0500
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
Subject: Martin Luther King and War

Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 * *

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Martin Luther King and War

Audio and text of King's speeches on war and peace, as well as on
racism and exploitation, are available at: and

Following are excerpts from his sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church
on April 30, 1967:

"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the
oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the
greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government....
There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that
would praise you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward Jim Clark,' but will
curse and damn you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward little brown
Vietnamese children!' There is something wrong with that press....

"I'm convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world
revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of
values....When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights
are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism,
militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered....

"Don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as His divine
messianic force to be -- a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a
way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can
hear God saying to America: 'You are too arrogant! If you don't change your
ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power...'"

The following are available for interviews:

Lowery is co-founder and president emeritus of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference.

Smith is founder of Black Voices for Peace, which is participating in
protests this weekend and organizing a national rally this Monday.

Cooler is the organizer for the Montgomery Transportation Coalition in
Alabama. She is the recipient of last year's King Spirit Award.

Nelson is author of "Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black
Woman" and editor of the recently released anthology "Police Brutality."

Hagler is pastor at the Plymouth Congregational Church UCC in Washington, D.C.

Fletcher is president of TransAfrica Forum and co-chair of United for Peace
and Justice.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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