"The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
It's amazing how his words still ring.
Last night I listened to "ECHOES OF MARTIN LUTHER KING'S "BEYOND VIETNAM":
AN EVENING OF RESISTANCE TO THE WAR ON IRAQ" on WBAI New York. I wish I could have been there in person for this event, which was held at the historic Riverside Church in New York.
The list of speakers was phenomenal:
Michael Moore, Academy Award winning director, "Bowling for Columbine"
Ossie Davis, actor, writer, director
Pete Seeger, folksinger
Sapphire, poet, novelist
Amy Goodman, "Democracy Now!"
Camille Yarbrough, singer, poet
Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Leslie Cagan, Co-Chair, United for Peace and Justice
Don Rojas, General Manager, WBAI
Tom Chapin, folksinger
Andre Gregory, actor, director
Malachy McCourt, activist, author, actor
Rev. Herbert Daughtry, Pastor, The House of the Lord Pentecostal Church
National Public Address, singer/actors
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Pastor, The Riverside Church
Mona Younis, author, international human rights activist
Iman Faiz Khan
V/Tek, Hip-Hop Artists Against the War
Monifa Bandele, activist, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Cornelius Eady, poet, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright
Inspirational Choir of The Riverside Church
Dr. Tracy West, Prof. of Christian Ethics & African American Studies, Drew U.
Marinieves Alba, activist, Student Voices for Peace
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi, Shalom Center
Jeremy Glick, September 11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow
Marie Ponsot, Poet
Sara Flaunders, International ANSWER
Three Sopranos, singers
Rev. Dr. James Fitzgerald, Mission and Social Justice Commission
Pete Seeger was there. Wonderful, heroic, funny, determined Pete Seeger. Eighty-four years old, obviously frail, he strummed his guitar with hands that don't work as well as they used to. In his wavering, aged, beautiful voice, he sang "Where have all the flowers gone?" and then introduced a new song, managing in his infectious way to get the whole audience singing along, and managed to make me cry, and sing along too, all by myself at home. I couldn't love him more. If there were such a thing as secular canonization, I'd be right there wearing my pro-Pete button. Saint Peter, indeed. *loves*