Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam.

from Martin Luther King, Jr – Beyond Vietnam on Rap Genius

Meaning

Martin Luther King, Jr. with other members of the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam at Arlington National Cemetery in 1967

On October 1965, 100 clergy members met in New York to discuss what they could do to challenge U.S. policy on Vietnam. Believing that a multi-faith organization could lend credible support to an anti-war movement often labeled as Communist, they created the Clergy Concerned about Vietnam.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the few black members and the only member from the South. After the group opened its membership to laypeople and changed its name to National Emergency Committee of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV), King used the organization’s platform in April 1967 for this speech condemning the war in Vietnam.

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