Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is calling on Americans to resist President Bush's planned troop escalation in Iraq.
Echoing a plea by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior 40 years ago to end the Vietnam War, Edwards addressed about 12-hundred parishioners at Riverside Church. It's the Manhattan congregation where King delivered his famous "Beyond Vietnam" speech on April Fourth, 1967. King was assassinated exactly one year later.
Edwards says he believes "it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq."
Two other Democratic presidential hopefuls, Delaware Senator Joe Biden and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, attended King remembrances in South Carolina. Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who could join the presidential field as early as this week, is observing the holiday weekend with low-key appearances in Chicago.