It Takes Roots joined The Majority and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) in a call to action from April 4th to May Day and beyond. April 4th was the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech. In that speech at Riverside Church in New York City, he referred to the “giant triplets” of racism, materialism/capitalism and militarism. This marked an important milestone in movement history and the radicalism of Dr. King. Exactly one year after this speech, Dr. King was assassinated while organizing alongside Black sanitation workers in Memphis on the eve of launching the Poor People’s Campaign which would declare poverty a human rights violation.
Our members across the country organized mass political education events, based on a study of Dr. King’s speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence. We joined in this mass political education surfacing an intersectional lens from Dr. King’s framing and how that is relevant to our movement for Indigenous Sovereignty, Self Determination for Black and Brown communities, visions for expanded sanctuary, Just Transition, grassroots feminism, LGBTQIA rights and economic justice for workers, the unemployed and the poor.
Download Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam Speech in English or Spanish and ITR’s discussion questions below:
[Visit this page to download the documents: http://ggjalliance.org/Beyondthemoment ]