Summaries of Planned April 4th Programs

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary
of the “Breaking Silence” speech by
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
April 4, 1967

Chicago, Illinois
“A Time to Break Silence: Beyond Vietnam,” at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm  Keynote speaker Sherri Bevel, co-founder of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago and daughter of civil rights legends James Bevel and Diane Nash, will share reflections plus reading excerpts from King’s famous speech.
Contact:  Chicago Peace Action at

South Bend, Indiana
“Finding Common Ground: Linking the Struggles against Poverty, Racism and War” at the Charles Martin Center, 802 Lincolnway West, South Bend, on April 2, 2017, from 4-6 pm.  Speakers include representatives from Kroc Institute, Civil Rights Heritage Center and South Bend Heritage Foundation.
Contact:  Darry Heller at 773-391-8584 or David Cortright at

New York, New York
“Remembering Past Wars and Preventing the Next,” an event to mark 100 years since the US entered WWI and 50 years since King made his famous speech against war.  A new movement to end all war is growing.  April 3, 2017, at NYU from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Vanderbilt Hall Room 210, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South.  Sponsored by World Beyond War, Center on Conscience and War and NYU National Lawyers Guild.

New York, New York
“Beyond Vietnam 50th Anniversary,” will take place at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NY, NY in The Nave on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7-9 pm.  Co-sponsored with Iliff School of Theology, Union Theological Seminary and Veterans of Hope, it will feature Michelle Alexander and Ruby Sales as speakers and entertainment.

Stanford, California
“Fiftieth Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Controversial Speech:  Beyond Vietnam,”
April 4, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford, CA 94305.  A panel of experts will discuss King’s speech concluding with author and television personality Tavis Smiley, legal advisor Clarence B. Jones and King Institute director Claybourne Carson.  The program will feature a screening of Smiley’s documentary on the “Beyond Vietnam” speech, “MLK Call to Conscience.”
Contact:, 650-736-0711

St. Louis, Missouri
Veterans for Peace will hold a Martin Luther King, Jr “Beyond Vietnam” speech reading and dedication of an installation of a Peace Pole on Tuesday, April 4, at 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Tomas Dunn learning center, 3113 Gasconade, St. Louis, MO 

Washington, D.C.
“A Jubilee Year of Truth and Transformation,” at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 12:30 to 5 pm sponsored by the Shalom Center.  Among featured speakers are Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus,” Rabbi David Saperstein of Religious Action Center and Rev. Anthony Grimm of FOR and Black Lives Matter.  At 5 pm there is a procession from the church to the White House.
Contact:  Shalom Center at or

Cincinnati, Ohio
Joint event sponsored on April 4 by the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Greater Cincinnati with the Faith Community Alliance and the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP.  The AFL-CIO may also participate.

Contact:  Brewster Rhoads at

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Veterans for Peace is co-sponsoring a community reading of excerpts from Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech followed by hands-on art development and discussion.  Tuesday, April 4 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave (at 57th), Hyde Park, Chicago.
Contact: Arny Stieber 734-216-1814,

Washington, DC
 “Remembering Past Wars and Preventing the Next,” an event to mark 100 years since the US entered WWI and 50 years since King made his famous speech against war.  A new movement to end all war is growing.  April 4, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW, Washington, DC.  Sponsored by World Beyond War, Center on Conscience and War and Code Pink.

Des Moines, Iowa
Procession led by donkey and prayer services through Des Moines starting from Grace United Methodist Church, 38 & Cottage Grove, ending with prayer service where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr spoke in 1959, First Christian Church, 25 & University.  Actor Aaron Smith will reenact Dr King’s sermon delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, sponsored by many Des Moines area churches and peace organizations.
April 9, 2017 at 3 pm procession begins
April 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm prayer service begins
Contact: Carmen Lampezeitler at 515-210-4400 or

Cape Cod and Islands, Massachusetts
Local church programs sponsored by Cape Cod Council of Churches and university programs at Cape Cod Community College and Boston University during the weekend of April 21-23, 2017 promoted by ads in local periodicals.  Readings, music and potluck meals will be featured at the events.  King did his post-graduate studies at Boston University.
Contact:  Nancy Jane Woodside at

Asheville, North Carolina
Six week Lenten study series every Wednesday evening based on their reading of the April 4, 1967, King address at Circle of Mercy Congregation.
Contact:  Bill Ramsey at

Arlington, Virginia
“The Theology of the Beloved Community,” will take place on Friday, April 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army-Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202-2891.  Religious groups gathering at the 2017 Ecumenical Advocacy Days will lift their voices in response to King’s speech against Materialism, Militarism and Racism.  This workshop will analyze Christian foundations for common work to create the “Beloved Community.”
Contact:  Keith Swartzendruber, National Council of Churches