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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 15, 1929 &shy April 4, 1968: On His Birthday, We Hear King Outline His Opposition to War

January 15, 2003

Today, January 15, is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. He was born in 1929. He would be 74 years old today.

Younger generations know Dr. King as the country’s most prominent civil rights leader of all time. But King’s opposition to the Vietnam War, and to U.S. foreign policy in general, has been erased from mainstream history.

In this speech, King spoke about his support for the movement against the Vietnam War.

"I criticize America because I love her and because I want to see her to stand as the moral example of the world," King said. "War anywhere intensifies the possibility of war everywhere. When major world powers flaunt the authority of the United Nations and embark on unilateral courses of action they open the door to similar actions on the part of other nations."


  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, speaking about his support for the movement against the Vietnam War.