Black History

#BlackHistoryFacts for April 4: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech and more…

On April 4, 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech titled Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence where he spoke of a disagreement with the United States of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war.  Previously, King had given an antiwar speech back in February in 1967. His speech then was considered communist as it was during the Cold War. His speech on this day in 1967 was to confirm that his position was clear. Unfortunately, Dr. King was assassinated exactly one year later – April 4, 1968.

In 2002, the African nation of Angola and UNITA rebel leaders have ended Africa’s longest war to come together and sign a peace treaty in the capital of Luanda. The deal was signed by armed forces chief General Armando da Cruz Neto and UNITA chief-of-staff General Abreu Muengo Ukwachitembo “Kamorteiro” at the parliament in Luanda as white flags flew outside. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was present and witnessed the signing as the 27 year fight being closed.

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