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  •  And when King opposed Vietnam, (2+ / 0-)
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    it was a very radical position.  It was not until 1968 that mass opposition arose.

    King was quite an early opponent.  

    On March 25 1967, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led 5,000 people down State Street in Chicago to protest the war in Viet Nam. This was the first anti-war march that Dr. King had joined, and one more step in his increasingly vocal opposition to the war.

    Dr. King had never been neutral on the war in Viet Nam but he had been silent. He felt, as did the leaders of most other civil rights organizations, that the movement should concentrate on the domestic struggle. They were concerned that opposition to President Johnson's foreign policy would result in loss of support for passing and enforcing civil rights laws at home.

    Nonetheless, many in the civil rights movement were angry when Johnson sent 3,500 combat troops to Viet Nam on March 7, 1965, while ignoring attacks by Alabama state troopers on people trying to walk from Selma to Montgomery demanding the right to vote. On July 5 1965, Dr. King told a college audience in Virginia that "the war in Viet Nam must be stopped." His friends and contacts in the Johnson Administration told him he was treading in dangerous waters and should back off.

     By 1967 Dr. King was ready to speak his mind publicly. His first statement was made on February 25 at an anti-war conference in California, along with several Senators who also opposed the war. He said it was immoral and also took money and attention from the anti-poverty program. A week before the Chicago march he agreed to participate in the Spring Mobilization Against the War in New York City on April 15.

    Dr. King Marches Against the War in Viet Nam in Chicago, March 1967, Photos Here

    "They're going to give their power away when we take their power away." John Edwards

    by TomP on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 05:07:34 AM PST

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    •  And don't forget, Tom. Mrs. King was speaking out (0+ / 0-)

      against the war before Dr. King gave his Beyond Vietnam speech.

      She was expressing Dr. King's viewed on the issue (in addition to her own) before he decided to state them publicly.

      "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

      by grannyhelen on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 06:14:21 AM PST

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      •  Yes, good point. (0+ / 0-)

        It was their way of indicating his opposition before he came out publicly.

        "They're going to give their power away when we take their power away." John Edwards

        by TomP on Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 06:19:49 AM PST

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