MLK & the Vietnam War

A Note From the Dramaturg:

At first MLK was reluctant to speak out against the Vietnam War.  Many in the Civil Rights Movement felt that it would detract attention away from what they considered more pressing, domestic issues.  King was also reluctant to speak out against the actions of Lyndon B. Johnson who was instrumental in helping King work on the Civil Rights Movement. However, eventually King felt that he could no longer remain silent on the subject and he became an outspoken anti-Vietnam war activist.  His speech, “Beyond Vietnam” (delivered at Riverside Church in New York City) can be read here: