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Protesters Arrested at Lockheed Martin on MLK Day
By Georgina Shanley
As people arrived for the day's demonstration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his message of nonviolent action for justice and peace, excepts of many of Dr. King's sermons and speeches were being broadcast loudly in front of Lockheed Martin, located directly behind the King of Prussia Mall, the area's largest shopping mall (indeed, the largest mall on the East Coast).
The customary intoning of our peace bell, and the lyrics of Tom Mullian singing "The Needed Times", followed. These are the needed times, these are the needed...Sister, won't you walk with me, Sister, won't you walk with me...segued way beautifully into the Litany of the King Day memorial, based on Dr. King's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance speech in 1964 that concluded: “...I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered people have torn down other-centered can build up and that one day humanity will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will be proclaimed the rule of the land...and I still believe that We Shall Overcome"
As the voice of Dr. King boomed again in front of Lockheed Martin, this time with the words from his Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence speech at Riverside Church, April 4, 1967, echoing his call to resist "the evil triplets of American society: racism, extreme materialism, and militarism", nine people carrying signs befitting the day and prepared to be arrested walked up the driveway entrance toward the company's main lobby entrance. Lockheed Martin security and Upper Merion police, seeming surprised by the direction of the war resisters, bolted from the heat of their cars to stop the activists from proceding any further.
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