MLK Now with Legend Harry Belafonte a Star-Studded Event 2016 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day “MLK Now” hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and Campaign for Black Male Achievement at Riverside Church, Harlem, New York, January 18, 2016; Riverside Church is where Dr. King performed his famous April 4, 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence”; exactly a year before the day his assassination. It was an emotionally packed event featuring historic speeches, spoken word, and songs performed by Legend and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte, Gina Belafonte co-Director of Sankofa.org, Multi-Grammy Award winner India Arie, Multi-Award winner Chris Rock, Tony Award winner and star and creator of Broadway’s Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose, Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, Tony Award nominee Condola Rashād, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Grammy Award nominee Bilal, Saul Williams, Adepero Oduye, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jussie Smollet, Andre Holland, Award winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Grammy Award nominee Hip Hop artist J. Cole, Trayvon Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton, Rahiel Tesfamariam Founder and Publisher of Urban Cusp, Opal Tometi co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, Dante Barry Executive Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Linda Sarsour Executive Director of Arab American Association of New York, Racial & Social Justice activist Leon Ford, Jr. and many more. Rev. Dr. Amy Butler of Riverside Church, filmmaker Ryan Coogle, and Shawn Dove the CEO of Campaign for Black Male Achievement made the opening statements and introduction to program.
Legend Harry Belafonte, MLK Day, Riverside Church, Harlem, New York, January 18, 2016. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Blackout for Human Rights and Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted “MLK Now” a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. King. The day reflected and explored how Dr. King’s message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social, and political landscape. It included musical and spoken word performances with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing issues of today; police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, mass incarceration, and the importance of grassroots mobilization.
Speeches by Lin-Manuel Miranda: MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam”; Condola Rashād: Shirley Chisolm’s “Presidential Campaign Announcement”; Michael B. Jordan: Fred Hampton’s “Power Where There’s People”; Chris Rock: James Baldwin’s “My Dungeon Shook”; Adepero Oduye and Kenny Leon: Ida B. Wells’ “This Awful Slaughter”; Tessa Thompson: Angela Davis’ “Victory Speech”; Anika Noni Rose: Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman”; Andre Holland: Malcolm X’s “Police Brutality and Mainstream Media”; Harry Belafonte: Patrice Lumumba’s “Proclamation of Independence”; Octavia Spencer: MLK’s “Been to the Mountaintop”.
Musical Performances and Spoken Word by India Arie, Bilal, Jussie Smollett, Saul Williams, and Anika Noni Rose. The program also included an “Artist’s Conversation” between Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who is a founding member of Blackout for Human Rights and served as executive producer and co-host of the event, and Grammy Award nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole. A panel discussion followed the program.
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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
4 April 1967
Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.
“I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church in Harlem on April 4, 1967; exactly a year before the day his assassination.