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History As It Happens

Jan 28, 2021

King sharply criticized capitalism. He condemned the Vietnam War, referring to the U.S. government “as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” in a powerful oration at a historic church in New York in 1967, a year before his death. King pointedly criticized white moderates who were “more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice.” Recovering the full profile of King’s activism and worldview is important because the events of our time resemble the tumultuous 1960s.