March 25, 1967 : Martin Luther King leads march against the war

Introduction

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., leads a march of 5,000 antiwar demonstrators in Chicago. In an address to the demonstrators, King declared that the Vietnam War was “a blasphemy against all that America stands for.” King first began speaking out against American involvement in Vietnam in the summer of 1965. In addition to his moral objections to the war, he argued that the war diverted money and attention from domestic programs to aid the black poor. He was strongly criticized by other prominent civil rights leaders for attempting to link civil rights and the antiwar movement.

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March 25, 1967 : Martin Luther King leads march against the war

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    March 25, 1967 : Martin Luther King leads march against the war

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/martin-luther-king-leads-march-against-the-war

  • Access Date

    November 23, 2017

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