PamphletMartin Luther King, Jr. Speeches by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. About the War in Vietnam. New York: Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, 1968. A collection of three speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered from April 1967 to February 1968 regarding America’s role in the Vietnam War: “Vietnam and the Struggle for Human Rights” (April 1967), "The Domestic Impact of the War in Vietnam" (November 11, 1967), and "Vietnam Is Upon Us" (February 6, 1968). He wrote, “my conscience leaves me no other choice.”
Printed in April 1968, these speeches were published as part of the Committee for Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam (CALCAV), an organization of over 30 multi-faith leaders, which Dr. King helped organize in 1965. King outlined moral and religious reasons to oppose the war that he described as a “nightmarish conflict.” His later speeches focus more specifically on how the war is hurting families in the US. To King, however, the Vietnam War was only the most pressing symptom of American colonialism worldwide. Also included is a folded letter from the CALCAV, dated October 1968, introducing the collection and listing all members. A near fine example with minimal tanning to extremities.