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OMNI MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY, JANUARY 20, 2014.  Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace.

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Contents  January 21, 2013
MLKJr. Events in Fayetteville 2013
MLKJr Monument
King’s 1967 Riverside Speech
Dick: Governor Beebe and True King
Pro-Labor King
Remembering Anti-War King, Veterans for Peace
Who Killed King?  Pepper’s 2003 Book

Contents January 20, 2014
UAF Events Jan. 20-, 2014
King vs. US Bigotry, PBS Film A Class Divided
King vs. US Wars and Wars
Petition to Pastors Against Wars
Antiwar Resolution
King on Source of Wars: Profits
King on US Capitalism and Poverty



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NWA and U of A Communities Come Together to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March, vigil and banquet are highlights of the holiday

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Annual MLK Day march in Fayetteville, 2013
Annual MLK Day march in Fayetteville, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The annual Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and vigil will be held in honor of the slain civil rights leader’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 20 in Fayetteville. The march will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Walton Arts Center parking lot on Dickson St. and progress to Arkansas Ave. and Maple St. before ending at the Arkansas Union on the University of Arkansas campus. The march has been organized by the NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council. All community members are invited to participate.
Prior to the march the City of Fayetteville will present its MLK award to the city employee who best exhibits the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.
The MLK vigil will begin at noon, immediately following the march, in the Verizon Ballroom in the Arkansas Union, and the public is welcome. The event will feature a video montage of scenes from the civil rights struggle in the 1950s and 60s, a video of Dr. King’s 1963 speech during the Great March on Washington, a poem by Kristin Smith and musical performances by Shirlandria Enoch and the U of A Inspirational Chorale. John Jones, director of the university’s Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education will deliver the keynote address.
The vigil is sponsored by the Associated Student Government, the Multicultural Center and the Black Students Association.
That evening the NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council will host the 18thannual Recommitment Banquet, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fayetteville Town Center. The theme of the banquet – and of all the MLK Day events – is “Living Together as Brothers.”  
During the banquet local high school and college students will be awarded MLK scholarships from the council, and the annual Salute to Greatness will recognize four individuals and one organization for outstanding community service.
This year the banquet’s keynote address will be delivered in the form of a one act play, “Bound by Blood”, written and directed by Clinnesha D. Sibley, associate professor of drama at the University of Arkansas, and performed by U of A drama students Britney Walker-Merritte and Brandyn Smith. The play is part of Sibley’s trilogy, King Me: Three One Act Plays Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Banquet ticket information is available at 479-575-4825 or
Several other events are also scheduled as part of the MLK Day celebration.
A Blanket, Hat, Scarf, and Glove Drive is being held all day Saturday, Jan. 18 at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 764 W. North Street in Fayetteville. The MLK Council will be collecting new and gently used blankets for the Peace at Home Family Shelter and will also be making fleece blankets for children in the shelter. The U of A Center for Community Engagement is working with the Office of Diversity in the Sam M. Walton College of Business to collect gloves, scarves, and hats that can be dropped off at the church, or at any MLK event during the week. Students from the university will prepare these items for distribution to local programs working with children and the homeless in NWA.
A memorial service, honoring Dr. King’s life and legacy will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan.19, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church. Eli Jones, dean of the Sam M. Walton College of Business will be the keynote speaker. This event is hosted by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and NWA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Council. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will begin in Fayetteville with the annual Youth Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the U of A’s Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House at 491 N. Razorback Rd. This event gives local youth a chance to come together in prayer and reflect on ways Dr. King's dream has impacted their lives. The prayer breakfast is followed by an activity session at 9:30 a.m. in the U of A HPER building, where the young people can play games such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. These events are sponsored by the NWA MLK Council, U of A Intramural Sports, and U of A Intercollegiate Athletics.
At 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Arvest Bank on the Fayetteville Square will host a reception in its main lobby to honor the spirit and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charles Robinson, vice chancellor for diversity and community and professor of history at the University of Arkansas will be the featured speaker. The Holcomb Elementary School Choir, directed by Paula Aldama, will also perform.
The MLK Day observance will conclude on Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a Day of Service event from 11 a.m. to 1 the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge. The event has been organized by the university’s student Volunteer Action Committee. A dozen local agencies and programs will have on-site service projects set up in the Lounge for any students, faculty, staff or community members who want to help out. Volunteers can also help pack the scarves, gloves and hats collected during the winter clothing drive.


Beverly Keown, president 
NWA MLK Council 
Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations 
University Relations 

King’s compassion arose from his locating the sources of racist bigotry, wars, and poverty in the structures of society, its myths and institutions.   We must change those if we are to end bigotry, wars, and poverty.  --Dick

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Martin Luther King Jr. Condemned These US Atrocity Wars to Maintain Unjust Predatory Investments 
Everyday. somewhere in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan as before in Libya and Iraq, children perish in air strikes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

International Campaign for Awareness of King's Condemnation of U.S. Wars and the "unjust overseas predatory investments they are meant to maintain."

In remembrance of Martin Luther King, an
international campaign to petition pastors of all faiths to condemn ongoing US wars in a half-dozen innocent poor nations in the Middle East as King would have mightily condemned them. King was murdered after fiercely condemning US wars maintaining predatory investments all around the world.

This King Condemned US Wars Revival was kicked off at Riverside Church, the site of King’s world shaking sermon condemning US wars, the "unjust overseas predatory investments they are meant to maintain," and the absurd lies that make them acceptable, with an internationally distributed petition to all pastors to lead us in King’s footsteps.

If you believe in Martin Luther King's dream and that King rightly condemned U.S. imperialist wars, please  add your support to that of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, author of the Civil Rights Acts.

In this age of instant communication a few thousand King followers will awaken many millions to what King taught about these wars and their causes. The world wide beloved image of King will be the catalyst for people everywhere to realize their capability to make wars unacceptable.

The campaign is in memory of Howard Zinn’s radio broadcasts’ call to echo Martin Luther King's sermon, Beyond Vietnam, a Time to Break Silence. Endorsed by Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pax Christi International, Pastors For Peace, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Thomas Merton Anti-War Committee, Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, Father Paul Mayer, Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Emmanuel Char. McCarthy, Center Christian Nonviolence
Dr. Cornell West, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rev. Bruce Southworth (see complete list)
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King Condemned US Wars & Unjust Overseas Predatory Investments

                                   Petition to All Pastors  

In remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we ask that you forthrightly and unequivocally condemn this blowing apart of our brothers and sisters and their children all around the world  just as King condemned it. 

We ask further that you condemn, as King did, the lies used to justify the murder and maiming of families in their own homes and villages, and the subversion, destabilization and destruction of their homelands in the interests of predatory investments,

Finally, just as Dr. King, in his sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence, recounted to us the history of the lies, from 1945 onward, used to trick Americans into supporting the Vietnam war, we ask you to expose the lies that have concealed secret arrangements for CIA covert crimes against humanity in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere in the world since 1953, - arrangements that always originate within a dominant financial element that rules our society through ownership and manipulation of 98% of all electronic and print media sources of information.

Reverend, please repeat Martin Luther King’s  public denunciation of American homicide abroad, currently being heartlessly practiced in six Muslim nations. King cried out, “The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World Today is My Own Government,” “Every man of humane convictions must protest, we must all protest.”  King warned us, “Silence is betrayal” "The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those, who in times of moral crisis, maintain neutrality."

King was silenced so the imperialist wars he condemned could go on. We are no longer silent. May our clergy lead us in prosecuting those promoting war.
                                 RAMSEY CLARK
(100+ of the Congregation at Riverside Church signed, Sunday, July 10, 2011 




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

 Petition to All Pastors (short version -abbreviated from the full worded Petition)

In remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we ask that you forthrightly and unequivocally condemn this blowing apart of our brothers and sisters and their children all around the world just as King condemned it.

We call upon you to repeat Martin Luther King’s, public denunciation of American homicide abroad and the unjust overseas predatory investments Dr. King said these US wars are intended to force upon vulnerable nations.

---------------------------------Ramsey Clark------------------------------------






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A recent week-end national conference of antiwar organizations saw the introduction of the following prescient resolution by a Korean war veteran, long a member of Veterans For Peace:

"Whereas during WW II and the Allied occupation of Germany afterward, we soldiers, our folks back home and the citizens of the Germany invaded, bombed, and occupied nations in their hearts, to a great degree, held the German people responsible for the crimes of their soldiers and government, and
- whereas there be few adult Americans, who are not in some way or another complicit in the crimes against humanity of their brothers and sisters in colonially impoverished nations since WW II,

Be it resolved -
- that we will seek to make the public aware of its power to end war acceptance; end war capability in our society; be aware of our citizen responsibility for the crimes against humanity illegally ordered by our elected public servants; and consider the shame of our participation. For during the year before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. demanded Americans take responsibility for the wars that were atrocities, agonizing over his own previous silence."

King was planning a march of the poor on Washington after condemning the wars and the "unjust predatory investments they are meant to maintain," the Bertrand Russell - Jean-Paul Satre Vietnam War Tribunal was in the news and at the trial for sedition of Benjamin Spock, King's prospective running mate should have decided to run for president, lawyers were attempting to introduce the Nuremberg Principles of Crimes Against Humanity. King taught that the American people are responsibility for the wars and have the capability to make them unacceptable and inoperable through non-participation.When enough citizens are allowed to know all this, it will happen just as King demanded that it happen.

Getting to Know "A Time to Break Silence!"

·                     Beyond Vietnam Time to Break Silence 4/4/67
·                     King Monument And King's Condemnation Of U.S. Wars
·                     King's Anguish versus Our Apathy Then and Now
·                     Listen to King on YouTube re Source of Wars
·                     Quote A Martyred Progressive's Condemnation of U.S. Wars
·                     Why I Am Opposed ... MLK, 4/30/67

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Noam Chomsky-"America must prosecute its own war criminals"; Chomsky and Ed Herman, "If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged"; Former US Att. Gen. Ramsey Clark, author of "US War Crimes in the Gulf, “The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy"; Elliot Adams, former President, Veterans For Peace, author of "The indictment of President Obama and all who follow his criminal orders"-read at the US Air Force Drone Base, Hancock, NY; Rev. Jeremiah Wright-"God Damn America for her crimes against humanity"; Cindy Sheehan,”War criminals need to go to prison for what they have done, no pardon”; Cornel West, "Drones are War Crimes!"; KIm Peterson, Dissident Voice, “Justice is required, otherwise what would serve as a brake on future war crimes?” Bill Blum, AntiEmpire Report; Tom Feeley, publisher of Information Clearing House; Angela Keaton, Home America’; peoples historian jay janson, coordinator, King Condemned US Wars International Awareness and of this website. Full list at page bottom.

MLKjr on Source of Wars

MLKjr on Source of Wars

“Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, … refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. This is not just.”
"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government."


Riverside Church Global Justice and Peace Ministry, NYC
Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Pax Christi International
Pastors For Peace
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee
Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship
Father Paul Mayer
Climate Crisis Coalition
Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary
Rev. Emmanuel Char. McCarthy, (Byzantine- Melkite)
Center for Christian Nonviolence
Dr. Cornel West
Father Simon Harak, S.J.
Marquette U. Center for Peace Making
Father Jude, Yaounde, Cameroon
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Bruce Gagnon, Global Net Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space

Veterans For Peace
former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark
Pete Seeger, folksinger
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet soloist, composer
Rep. Cynthia McKinney
Cindy Sheehan, antiwar activist
John Carlos, Olympic medalist
John Piger Australian Journalist, Film Maker
Michael Parenti
Paul Craig Roberts, journalist
Joel Kovel, author, "Enemy of Nature"
David Amram, composer
Richard D. Wolff, economist, U. of Massachusetts
James Vrettos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Bill Blum, Anti-Empire Report
International Action, Sara Flounders
Black Agenda Report, Glen Ford
War Is A Crime, David Swanson
American Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
Voices For Creative Non-Violence, Kathy Kelly
Information Clearing House, Tom Feeley
Cultures of Resistance Network
Come Home America US, Angela Keaton
Grandmothers Against the War
John O'Connor, Vice Pres. Local 802 Musicians AFL
Ann Wright, Colonel US Army (Ret.)
Gen. Smedley Butler Chapter VFP
Minority Perspective United Kingdom
Counter Currents, Kerala, India
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
Stephen Lendman, Pacific Radio News Hour
Dissident Voice
Finian Cunningham
Ron Fisher, and Prosecute War Criminals
Friends of Sabeel--North America
Stephen Chan OBE U. of London
We Want World Peace
Rev. Bruce Southworth

Following in Dr. King;s Footsteps Ever Watchful of Those Who Suppress King's Condemnation of US War

·                     MLK Assassination Anniversary Yesterday Unnoticed, Useful Today
·                     PROSECUTE US CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY NOW (adjunct web site)
See MaryKnoll Newsletter, Sept/Oct

Pastors Who Condemn(ed) U.S. Wars

·                     Rev. Bill Coffin (deceased) indicted for "A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority"
·                     Rev. Jeremiah Wright damned the nation for its crimes against humanity

Team and Email address

Africa, Afro-American community liaison: Sam Attoh
coordinator, web site creator: jay janson
Petition initiative actively supported by Global Justice and Peace of Riverside Church; Pax Christi International; Fellowship of Reconciliation; Veterans For Peace; Pastors For Peace; MaryKnoll Office For Global Concerns; Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls for its widest publication and distribution; Come Home America US, Countercurrents, Kerala, India, Minority Perspective, UK are promoting its spread.

Anyone wishing to help this MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. CONDEMNED US WARS INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN accelerate toward fulfillment of Rev. Dr. King's demand that WE THE PEOPLE make "these immoral, illegal and undeclared ATROCITY WARS, ALL MEANT TO MAINTAIN UNJUST PREDATORY INVESTMENTS,"become unacceptable and inoperable through NON-PARTICIPATION, NON-SUPPORT, NON-ACQUIESCENCE and CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION,may email us at:

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1.                                                      Turner's Two Cents: Dr King's Call for Economic Justice (Video) ‎- 1 day ago
And Dr. King was planning the Poor People's Campaign when he ...of capitalism but in a higher synthesis…that combines the truth of both”.

2.                             Martin Luther King's Progressive Legacy | ThinkProgress
Jan 21, 2013 - King Said Poverty Made Him “Question The CapitalisticEconomy”: King ... “If it hadn't been for Martin Luther King Jr., there would be no Barack ...

3.                             Martin Luther King: We Are Not Interested in Being Integrated into ...
Jan 18, 2010 - It's Martin Luther King Day here in the US. We celebrate ... One day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America? ... When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy.

4.                             Quotes About Capitalism (446 quotes) - Goodreads
446 quotes have been tagged as capitalism: Carl Sagan: 'One of the saddest ... Quotes tagged as "capitalism" (showing 1-30 of 446) ... Martin Luther King Jr. ... of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.

5.                             Womanist Musings: Martin Luther King Jr: A Legacy Ignored
Jan 18, 2010 - Martin Luther King on racism, poverty, capitalism, and other big questions ... There is a reason why few will quote Dr. King after 1963.

6.                             dr. martin luther king, jr: “question the capitalistic ... - Voice of Detroit
Jan 21, 2013 - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Presidential Address: Dr.King on racism, poverty, capitalism, and other big questions.

7.                             There Is Something Wrong With Capitalism: Martin Luther King and the
Jan 22, 2013 - As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. it's important that we honor who the... King died on April 4, 1968, preparing to lead a Poor People's March ...

8.                             The Economics of Martin Luther King, Jr. –
Feb 1, 1991 - We're supposed to venerate Martin Luther King, Jr., but that's not ...Time and again, King called on us to “question the capitalistic economy” and “restructure America. ... resources, as in the U. S. S. R., mean chaos and poverty.

9.                             Martin Luther King, Jr., SCLC Presidential Address, 1967 Speech ... › ... › General Discussion (Forum)
Jan 16, 2012 - 1 post
Martin Luther King on racism, poverty, capitalism, and other big questions. This isMartin Luther King, Jr.'s last presidential address to the ...

10.                         The Martin Luther King Jr we don't remember – socio-economic critic ...’t-re...
Jul 11, 2011 - Martin Luther King Jr, in his capacity as critic of racism and deliverer of the famous ... The Martin Luther King Jr we don't remember – socio-economic critic, anti-capitalist and ... What solutions did Dr King advocate to poverty?

11.                         Martin Luther King's last fight - International Socialist Review
They are too poor even to rise with the society, too impoverished by the ages to ... In truth, Dr. King's political ideas, while firmly rooted in Christian ideals, were far ...themselves up “by their own bootstraps,” and was highly critical of capitalism.


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