MLK - A Call to Conscience

SUBHEAD: A film about Martin Luther King's commitment to peace and social justice.

By Ray Catania on 26 February 2014 in Island Breath -

Image above: From (

Free Movie: MLK: A Call to Conscience, narrated by Tavis Smiley of PBS, details the controversial opposition that Dr King took on the Vietnam War and militarism, evoking the anger of then President Johnson and the FBI's J Edgar Hoover.

There will also be music by Kauai social justice activists Blu Dux and Danitza Galvan, and short speeches by Raise the Wage HI, Local 5 Hotel Workers Union and Pride at Work, Kauai Chapter.

Kapaa Public Library
1464 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Ray Catania
Phone 808-634-2737 or 808-332-0952   

The event is presented by Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice, Raise the Wage HI, and Pride at Work Kauai Chapter.

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on war than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Martin Luther King, Jr
Spoken one year before Dr King was assassinatd in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr King was about to lead a march of mostly African-American sanitation workers who were fighting agains "Jim Crow" racism and for decent waes and union recognitions.

During his adult life, Dr King was never neutral on issues of social injustice.  Because he acted on his beliefs, he and his supporters would face brutal attacks and arrest.

The movie delves into one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s greatest speeches, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," which Dr. King delivered on April 4, 1967. Today this speech is acknowledged to be one of the most powerful ever written by Dr. King and Smiley deconstructs the meaning of the speech, as well as put it in a contemporary context, particularly in light of our nation's current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Video above: Trailer for movie "MLK: A Call to Conscious". From (

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Peaceful Protest a Crime 10/12/12


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