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Antiwar walk with Stokely Carmichael flyer: 1967

The Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam sponsors a rally and a march to the White House to be led by former Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) chair Stokely Carmichael May 16-17, 1967.

 

Carmichael spoke at Lincoln Memorial Temple on May 16th where he told the half black, half white crowd that he was going to “build a war resistance movement or die trying.”

 

He urged the crowd to make “heroes” of war resisters “and we are going to start with Mr. Muhammad Ali.”

 

Due to a prior commitment, Carmichael was unable to march on May 17th, but renowned pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock took his place to lead the demonstration that walked from the Lincoln Memorial Temple to the White House.

 

Spock was joined by Coretta Scott King and national director of the Spring Mobilization Rev. James Bevel. While beginning to speak to the crowd, Spock was hit by an egg thrown by Karl Allen, a former member of the American Nazi Party.

 

Allen was arrested along with John Patler, another former Nazi who would later assassinate Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell.

 

Spock told the crowd, “We have seen our nation transformed into a military state…our nation can and must stop this irrevocable rush to world war, this policy of American murder and devastation in the name of national honor and pride—now.”

 

For a PDF of the flyer, see washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/05-17-peace-r...

 

For a photo of the demonstration, see flic.kr/p/SJ9FD6

 

For a photo of Carmichael speaking at Lincoln Temple, see flic.kr/p/2hrzsQ2

 

For more information and related images, see flic.kr/s/aHskVENBnt

 

Donated by Robert “Bob” Simpson

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Taken in May 1967