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King and Vietnam


Four years after President John F. Kennedy sent American troops into Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Jr. issued his first public statement on the war. King declared that "millions of dollars can be spent every day to hold troops in South Viet Nam and our country cannot protect the rights of Negroes in Selma" (King, Address delivered at a march in Selma, Alabama, 9 March 1965).  


Document: King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Beyond Vietnam," 4 April 1967

Document: “Dr. King's Error,” New York Times, 7 April 1967

Documents:  Letter from Jay H. Cerf to King, 2 April 1967Letter from King to Jay H. Cerf, n.d.