by Rev. Martin Luther King
4 April 1967
This message is 41 years old today. One year later, at the age of 39, King was assassinated--40 years ago today.
Unlike his more famous speeches, this one goes beyond the subject of race relations to address the morality of an entire country, in the middle of a controversial war. The message was not welcomed from King then, but it is just as necessary now.
The speech was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.