Martin Luther King Jr.
By Jim Carey
Born January 15, 1929, and assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, King was just 39 years old. Primarily remembered as a civil rights leader and a champion of the poor, he was also a fierce critic of US foreign policy and the Vietnam War. On Monday, we will play excerpts of his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I Have Been to the Mountain Top,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Mon, Jan 19, 1pm
Occupy San Miguel will celebrate the United States federal holiday that honors
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Quinta Loreto Hotel
His eloquent words still call us to change. Hear him, listen, think. Dream the Impossible!
We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered… A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, this is not just. The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.
A true revolution of values will lay a hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just”. 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. This is not Just. Our films are open to all. A discussion will follow