Apr. 4, 1967: Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers His “Revolution of Values” Speech


Dr. Martin Luther King, Bernard Lee, Dr. Benjamin Spock, and others in antiwar protest, Chicago, IL, March 25, 1967. Image: Associated Press/L.A. Times.


“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929Apr. 4, 1968) from speech at Riverside Church on Apr. 4, 1967 in opposition to the Vietnam War, one year before he was assasinated. Read more from the lesson, A Revolution of Values. Here are more resources for teaching outside the textbook about King. Here are resources on the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • My father, Dr. Seymour Levine, was marching in his full WWII uniform when Dr. Spock approached him. He asked, ” Would you like to March with us, Captain?” My Dad said, ” You know that this is an old uniform, right?” Dr. Spock said, ” Yes, of course.” So, my father marched with these icons down 5th Avenue. At one point, Dr. King turned to my Dad and said, ” If anyone spits in your face, don’t make eye contact with them.” My father used to tell me that his response to this was to think, ” What the hell am I doing here?” He used to laugh when he got to that part of the story!

    Response shared by Nancy Levine — June 28, 2014 @ 10:16 am

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