Veterans for Peace and the U-M Office of Veteran and Military Services will host a discussion on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts and teachings about the dangers of war and militarism as part of the university’s MLK Symposium.

The local chapter of Veterans for Peace will present a talk titled “What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About” at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan League.

The discussion will center on MLK’s speeches relating to war and militarism, showing them as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

Presenters Bill Shea and Bob Krzewinski will explore King’s thoughts on how “the giant triplets” threatening the human race include not only racism and poverty, but also war, and how these triplets are all interrelated.

The group seeks to increase public awareness of King’s speeches against war, even though many criticized him for doing so, Shea said.

Veterans for Peace also will discuss King’s stance against government use of military over diplomacy and the use of armed forces in the routine policy of the state.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

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