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Get to Know the Real Dr. King: Listen to His Fiery 1967 Speech at NYC's Riverside Church

Liz Dwyer

Despite the effort to paint Dr. King as mild as milk, he was no passive preacher dreaming about holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

In 1967 at NYC's Riverside Church Dr. King said, "All the while the people read our leaflets and received the regular promises of peace and democracy and land reform. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs."

Indeed, his fiery words about Vietnam are even more apt today when we look at the way the United States military operates across the world. Take a listen and get to know the real Dr. King.

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