Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
By Rev. Martin Luther King
April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.
By 1967, King had become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 -- a year to the day before he was murdered -- King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."