MLK speech at Kleinhans offers lessons for today
It was wonderful to be reminded by The News of the amazing speech made by Martin Luther King at Kleinhans Music Hall on the night of Nov. 9, 1967. King by that time had come to realize that the fight against the war in Vietnam was inextricably linked to the struggle for racial equality, and a wide variety of Buffalonians had come together that night to hear his words, and what words they were.
The power and the beauty of his voice held us rapt; his words and thoughts were both stunning and revolutionary.
We sat in awe, anxious for him to finish so that we could release the feelings that he had built in us. The applause was thunderous, like nothing that I had ever heard in Kleinhans.
Five months later Martin Luther King was dead. His dream survives - unfulfilled.