This Day in History

April 4, 1967: Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers “Revolution of Values” Speech

Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Economics, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin … the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929April 4, 1968) from speech at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 in opposition to the Vietnam War, one year before he was assassinated

Photo: King in a March 25, 1967 antiwar march in Chicago.

Read more from the lesson A Revolution of Values. View more resources for teaching outside the textbook about King and resources on the Civil Rights Movement.