MLK and the Vietnam War

  • Growing cost of the war as US involvement escalated rom 1965 onwards diverted money away from the "Great Society" anti-poverty programme
  • January 1967: MLK saw a photo essay in a magazine on child victims of the US bombing in Vietnam, he felt compelled to speak out against the war on moral grounds: politically unwise and he was heavily criticised: lost LBJ's support
  • Blacks (especially in SNCC and CORE) became critical of the war when they realised the number of blacks to whites sent into Vietnam was highly disproportionate

MLK called for a negotiated settlement in Vietnam as early as March 1965: by January 1966 he was admitting that…


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