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Special Family Event
Breaking Silence: Dr. King and the "Beyond Vietnam" Speech
Reverend Richard Fernandez & Author Tonya Bolden
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 | 2:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for families with kids ages 9 and up

Seating is limited! Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech about the Vietnam War at Riverside Church in Manhattan that made huge waves in the Civil Rights Movement across the United States. In honor of our groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War: 1945–1975, join us for this unique family event featuring an on-stage conversation and audience Q&A with one of the speech’s organizers, Reverend Richard Fernandez, director of the Clergy and Laity Concerned about Vietnam in 1967 and acclaimed author Tonya Bolden (M.L. K.: Journey of a King). Before the conversation, participants will view a clip from the Oscar-nominated documentary series Eyes on the Prize about the American civil rights movement from 1954 to 1985, originally aired on PBS.  Don’t miss this chance to learn as a family about an aspect of Dr. King’s life and legacy rarely explored in schools. Ms. Bolden will also sign copies of her book M.L.K.: Journey of a King following the event.

Please note: We encourage families to purchase reserved-row seating to this event in advance as tickets are limited. The unreserved rows will be available to Museum visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Reverend Richard Fernandez

 is a minister in the United Church of Christ and has been engaged for his entire ministry in issues of racial and economic justice and war and peace. As a college student, in preparing a paper on the aftermath of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, he interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King. Later, as the Director of Clergy and Laity Concerned—a peace organization begun in opposition to the war in Vietnam—Reverend Fernandez was the organizer of Dr. King’s famous anti-war speech at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967.

Image courtesy of Reverend Fernandez

Tonya Bolden

, recipient of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC’s Nonfiction Award for her body of work, is the author/co-author/editor of more than forty books. They include M.L.K.: Journey of a King and her forthcoming, Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, A Monumental American Man. Bolden, a native New Yorker, is a Princeton University magna cum laude baccalaureate with a master’s degree from Columbia University. Visit her at tonyaboldenbooks.com.

Credit: Hayden R. Celestin

Image: National Archives and Records Administration



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