MLK’s Beyond Vietnam speech, one year to the day of his assassination, April 4, 1967 | Recalcitrant

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“A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. 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 of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1967)

And the word of the day is recalcitrant.


  1. aaron00022 on January 17, 2022 at 6:23 pm–King_suicide_letter

    “You have just 34 days in which to do (this is exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significant.

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