Where Do We Stand Today? 50 Years After MLK’s Riverside Speech - Omid Safi

April 6, 2017

Fifty years ago today, on April 4, 1967, a reluctant Martin Luther King stood in Riverside Church in New York. His voice was somber, the mood serious. He proceeded to make his most controversial speech. This speech, “Beyond Vietnam” is one of the boldest, most revolutionary speeches in the history of America. Even as almost everything about Dr. King approaches iconic status, this speech of his remains little known. When I travel around the country giving talks on Dr. King, almost 100% of audiences know something about the “I Have a Dream Speech.” Less than 2% know about Riverside. This is not an accident.  Read more here.