Two speeches (Letter from Birmingham, I Have a Dream), though inspiring, are not the totality of Martin Luther King Jr. If that's all you (or your kids) have been exposed to, you're *really* missing the full picture. He gave about 500 speeches a year and wrote several books. If you're unaware, do yourself (and your kids) a favor and discover the full weight of the movement and the man. It matters.
In my opinion the most moving speech was 'A Time to Break the Silence'. This speech was considered too political, too compassionate, and too radical. He was warned by his own staff who pleaded with him NOT to give it. It is *mind blowing* how truly ignorant and passive 'we' CHOSE to be. That this was considered extravagant pauses me.
He gave "'A Time to Break the Silence' at Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967. When people were actively supporting the Vietnam War, he took his official stand and came out against it. Civil rights leaders came out hard against it, the President (Johnson) stopped talking to him, people LOST their minds.
You can read OR listen to it here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm
The line that always stuck with me:
"We are taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8,000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools."
(talking about losing money at home in the case against poverty to Vietnam)
"A Nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." (We are way past that hour now)
Martin Luther King Jr.'s words are still lost upon us. Racism, poverty, war.. we may not *ever* get it right, but if we keep telling his stories, repeating his speeches, it hits the people it should hit and the rest will just fall by the wayside. They don't have have a choice, you can't halt progress no matter how much you stomp your feet, mouth breath across air waves, or play the victim card.
Thanks, Dr. King, for being human in a world of animals, for following your conscience and allowing your heart to lead the way.