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Video: “Beyond Vietnam”: Summons to America

“Beyond Vietnam”: Summons to America

Beyond Vietnam”: Summons to America is a 1680s length video by Phyllis Cole-Dai posted on Vimeo on 2010-04-02 08:20:32.

Martin Luther King, Jr., first delivered “Beyond Vietnam” at the Riverside Church of New York on April 4, 1967. A year later to the day, he was assassinated in Memphis.

In this presentation King preaches basically the same text of “Beyond Vietnam” at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on April 30, 1967. The award-winning recording was edited for length.

During the last year of his life, King suffered widespread condemnation and was abandoned by many supporters, white and black, because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. Despite the rejection and the risks, he never stopped summoning America to a “radical revolution of values.” He challenged the nation he loved to “come home” from the far country of “racism, militarism and economic exploitation.”

Today his call is ours to answer.

I created this presentation for an April, 2010, commemoration of King’s death, held in Brookings, SD. My thanks to all the photographers, graphic artists and archival sources for the images used. For more information about my work, please visit www.phylliscoledai.com.

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