Lately I have been on an American History kick since that is what my boys are studying this year. I’m learning so much! Guess I should have stayed awake in class back in high school. While reading George Washington’s Farewell address which was AMAZINGLY prophetic and wise, I started to wonder if anyone had made a podcast of speeches so I could listen while running. And, sure enough they have! I found a few different ones including this one called Learn Out Loud. Today while running through town on this warm (75 degrees!) and blustery Fall day, while watching the gold and orange leaves blowing down the street and avoiding the beeping garbage truck, I listened to this speech called Beyond Vietnam and I was blown away. I have always admired Dr. King and this speech strengthened my belief that he was truly a great man and was murdered because he was resisting the evil in this country. I urge you to listen and see if it matches up with your previous thoughts on the subjects he mentions. King was assassinated one year to the day later which I am sure was no coincidence. And the day he made the speech he lost a lot of support from his own people and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Here is a little more info on that. The Story of King’s Beyond Vietnam Speech: NPR
Click the link below to go to the webpage to listen. Or look in your podcast app for Learn Out Loud. While you’re there, you can also listen to “I Have a Dream” and George Washington’s Farewell Address.
What do you think? Was King right to say these things? Were the civil rights activists right to distance themselves from him? Would King have been the first Black President someday if he hadn’t been murdered? Did you know about the history of Vietnam and France and the aid of the United States?