Organize a Public Reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech in your Community
In the years following the September 11 terrorist attacks, peace and justice groups in Oakland, California have organized a number of successful public readings of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in front of our Federal Building. We have involved local elected officials, community activists and students in the readings, which have often been preceded by press conferences linking the reading to issues of current concern. The readers are instructed not to change Dr. King’s words or add any of their own. Thus, local elected officials are compelled to hear Dr. King’s original words coming out of their own mouths.