Dr. King’s Daughter To Speak About U.S. Militarism On “Beyond Vietnam” Anniversary

King Center CEO Rev. Dr. Bernice King will headline an event—“Can the Church Study War No More”
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NEW YORK CITY — Tomorrow, April 2 at 4:00 pm ET, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is co-hosting an event marking the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in the place where he delivered it—the historic Riverside Church in New York City. King's daughter, Dr. Bernice King, will represent the King family at the Riverside Church event.

Dr. Bernice King

In April 1967, at a time when the justness and necessity of the Vietnam War was broadly accepted, Dr. King issued a stirring rebuke of the U.S. establishment. He was criticized heavily for challenging US foreign policy; he was told to stick to civil rights. Yet he understood even back then that America’s endless pursuit of war and domination abroad is directly tied to the violence and oppression visited upon Black, Brown, and poor people at home.

To mark the anniversary, King Center CEO Rev. Dr. Bernice King will headline an event—“Can the Church Study War No More”—exploring the connections her father made in that historic speech between the three evils—militarism, racism, and materialism—and their impact on the lives of Black, Brown, and poor people today.

Speakers will include:

At 4:00 pm ET, King will join national faith, justice, and peace movement leaders to read selections from Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech from the stage where he first delivered it.

At 5:00 pm ET, Dr. Bernice King will lead a discussion on the impacts of U.S. militarism at home and abroad with QI PresidentAndrew Bacevich, United Church of Christ’s Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Dream Defenders' Phil Agnew. QI Board Member Pastor Mike McBride will moderate.

Special musical guests Brian Courtney Wilson and Common Hymnal will perform.

The event is organized and sponsored by the United Church of Christ, LiveFree, Black Church Action Fund, Red Letter Christians, and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

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