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50th Anniversary Public Reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence

April 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

50th Anniversary Public Reading of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence
Veterans host reading Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum, 4:00-6:00 pm
PORTLAND–April 4, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. To commemorate this anniversary, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 is hosting a public reading of the speech at the Portland Art Museum. Following the speech, we will discuss how militarism, racism, materialism and other issues addressed  in his speech are still relevant today.
What: Free Public Reading of Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence
Who: Veterans from US wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and others will read
When: April 4th 2017 – 4:00 PM  to 6:00 PM
Where: Portland Art Museum –
Miller Gallery – Mark Building- 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland Oregon

In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of the United States, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.  Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, Dr. King’s challenge to engage in a radical revolution of values encountered ferocious opposition. Fifty years later, however, it is clear that his analysis and his call to action is as relevant now as it was then.Today the United States has a multi-trillion dollar permanent war economy, the costliest deployment of weapons and military personnel in the world and at home a vast system of mass incarceration, a hideous homicide rate and endemic violence against women and LGBTQ people.

Today as a result of our society’s virulent racism, people of color are subjected to unrelenting state violence through police brutality, police murder and massive incarceration rates, while suffering gross disparities in income, education, employment, military service, housing and health care.
Today materialism dominates our culture and our economy to the peril of all life on earth. It pollutes our values, our souls and the natural world.

Today we know that the struggle against sexism and patriarchy is intrinsically linked to overcoming racism, militarism, materialism and environmental catastrophe.

More information:
Veterans For Peace
Peace & Justice Works
Portland Art Museum
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Education WithOut Borders


April 4, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery, Mark Building
1119 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR United States
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