You are invited to two connected events - Register for each individually (links below):
- Nationwide Reading of MLK’s speech “Breaking the Silence,” and panel of activists, April 4 at 7 PM EST
- Discuss and Debrief with others from the On Earth Peace Community April 6 at 7pm EST
WHY BREAKING THE SILENCE? April 4 is the date Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 while he was in Memphis, Tennessee to support sanitation workers. Exactly one year before, on April 4, 1967, Dr. King gave one of his most consequential speeches titled, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”. This speech was the first time he publicly called for an end to the U.S. war in Vietnam and for unity and action to end the triple threats of militarism, racism, and extreme materialism.
OEP COMMUNITY DEBRIEF: APRIL 6 at 7PM EST
RSVP at the bottom of this page
Join the On Earth Peace community on April 6 at 7:00 pm EST to discuss and reflect on the nationwide Breaking the Silence event. After participating in the April 4 event, join us to discuss, become reenergized, and build together! RSVP below. Facilitated by Annabell Knapp and Matt Guynn.
NATIONWIDE WEBINAR: APRIL 4 at 7 PM EST
With Live ASL Interpretation + Spanish Translation
Register now to watch the April 4 national webinar where well-known advocates will be joined by grassroots organizers who will read Dr King’s Breaking the Silence speech. It promises to be an inspiring program! A moderated panel discussion will follow the readings, offering perspectives about the relevance of Dr. King’s speech to peace and justice work today.
Many organizations have come together to promote national and local readings of Dr. King’s “Breaking Silence” speech in communities across the country to study the lessons of this speech and to convene local coalitions working for justice. The list includes: SNCC Legacy Project, National Council of Elders, Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee, The Highlander Research and Education Center, National Black Justice Coalition, Zinn Education Project, Voices of a People’s History, Fellowship of Reconciliation, National Civil Rights Museum, and Cleveland Peace Action - and On Earth Peace. More info here.
To sign up for the nationwide event, please use this link: