On April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, "I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam."
Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized his silence about Vietnam as a form of betrayal because he knew speaking up was his obligation as a concerned citizen. Similarly, our continued silence surrounding the ways women and the LGBTQ community have not only participated in, but shaped the Civil Rights Movement as we know it today, is a sign of betrayal. It was black women like Dorothy Height and individuals from the LGBTQ community like Bayard Rustin, who chose MLK, Jr. to be the face of the movement and nudged him to be its voice. Being silent about those individuals who shaped the Civil Rights Movement is a betrayal to both their legacy and everything that they sacrificed, as well as to ourselves.
Based on this interpretation of the quote, we ask: How does silence become betrayal?
Application due December 10th at 11:59 p.m.
You will be given 6-8 minutes to respond to the prompt. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!!!
If accepted, you will have to attend a MANDATORY meeting January 9th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Good luck!