Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 1967 - April 4, 1968

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Davies, Lawrence E. "Dr. King's Response." New York Times, April 13, 1967, p. 32.

Here, Dr. Martin Luther King replied to criticism made about his recent public denouncement of the war in Vietnam. King said he was "saddened" by the N.A.A.C.P.'s declaration, made a few days earlier, that said King was harming both the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam war movements, In his statements King made it a point to clearly enunciate his views on the meaning of the "joining" of the two movements. To allay the fears of donors to the civil rights movement, he stated that money donated for support of the civil rights struggle would not be reallocated to the anti-Vietnam war efforts. While he understood some of the criticism he was receiving, he did not "...believe in any merger or fusion of movements, but we equally believe that no one can pretend that the existence of the war is not profoundly affecting the destiny of civil rights progress."

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