The Vietnam War remains today to be one of the most memorable and long-standing conflicts in recent history
In which the US involvement has played a huge role. This paper shall discuss and highlight certain people in America who opposed the Vietnam War and the role they played in trying to end the war.
The American public opinion was divided 50/50 in the opinion polls at the start of the Vietnam War in 1965, at this time 61% of Americans agreed with the war.
However as the war started the support started to many famous people opposed the Vietnam War, these famous people would be the most noticeable and they would get more press coverage than regular protesters.
Celebrities showed their opposition by speaking out and leading protests. These celebrities hoped to make it clear that the Vietnam War is wrong, and put pressure on the government to stop the war.
Martin Luther King, Jr, January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968, was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.
King long opposed American involvement in the Vietnam War, but at first avoided the topic in public speeches in order to avoid the interference with civil rights goals that criticism of President Johnson's policies might have created.
In an April 4, 1967, appearance at the New York City Riverside Church—exactly one year before his death—King delivered a speech titled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence". He spoke strongly against the U.S.'s role in the war, arguing that the U.S. was in Vietnam "to occupy it as an American colony" and calling the U.S. government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”.
This then linked him to the clergy and laymen concerned w/the Vietnam war