Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rowan, Carl T. (September 1967). "Martin Luther King's Tragic Decision." Reader's Digest, 91(545), 37-42.

Carl Rowan, columnist, commentator, and former director of the United States Information Agency (USIA), joined the many voices of protest over Martin Luther King's April 4, 1967 anti-Vietnam speech given at the Riverside Church in New York City. Rowan briefly discusses King's upbringing, his rise to influence, and (as Rowan sees it) his fall from responsibility starting in 1965 when King first began expressing his views about the war in Vietnam. The main thrust of Rowan's argument seems to be that King's denouncement of an active war against communists, would only increase doubts over Martin Luther King's (and by inference all African-American's) loyalty to the United States.

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