Deja Vu – Can You Hear King …. Yet?

“Can you hear King now?”. Almost four years ago, I wrote about a local Martin Luther King celebration in which the audience was asked that question repeatedly. The speaker, a pastor from Chicago named Jeremiah Wright, quoted extensively from King’s 1967 Beyond Vietnam — A Time to Break Silence speech to support his suggestion that King would be as strongly opposed to the Iraq war as he was to the Vietnam war. “After 2,200 American boys and girls are dead in a war they do not understand,” Wright said, “can you hear King now? I hope to God you can hear him so we can begin to live together as brothers and sisters before we all die together as fanatical fools.” Since that speech, there have been some ironic twists in history.

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