Breaking the Silence 2022

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On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a landmark speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” at Riverside Church in New York City. He drew the connections between US militarism, racism, and economic injustice, three ills that afflicted our nation then and still do today. 

On the steps of Cleveland City Hall, Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM, a diverse group of community leaders and activists will read Dr. King’s speech. Last year, a broad coalition of Northeast Ohioans organized a virtual and intersectional reading and discussion – view hereThis year we gather in person!!  

Our local reading is one of many such events on this day. A national event, at 7:15 PM will feature a pre-recorded group reading of the speech, followed by a live panel discussion – register here

Co-sponsors: Black on Black Crime Inc., Carl Stokes Brigade, CLEAN Cleveland Environmental Action Network, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Cleveland Move to Amend, Cleveland Nonviolence Network, Cleveland Peace Action, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, End Poverty Now!, Hip Hop Congress, InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia (IRTF), Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), SPAN Ohio, Survivors and Victims of Violence, Tamir Rice Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, Young Communist League, YWCA

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