Yesterday, 20 January 2020 was the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States.
He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. At that time, he was just 39 years old. It is an annual federal holiday commemorating the American civil rights movement leader.
Apple also honored the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full-page tribute on its website. A photo of Dr. King is accompanied by an iconic quote of his: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Dr. Martin Luther King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, as he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice.
He was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Monday commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a follow-up tweet.
“Beyond Vietnam” was the speech he delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4th, 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated. In it, Dr. King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Life magazine called the speech “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi.” The Washington Post said King, quote, “diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people,” unquote. Well, today we let you decide. We play an excerpt of Dr. King’s speech, “Beyond Vietnam.”
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