Davies, Lawrence E. "Dr. King's Response." New York Times,
April 13, 1967, p. 32.
Here, Dr. Martin Luther King replied to criticism made about his recent
public denouncement of the war in Vietnam. King said he was "saddened"
by the N.A.A.C.P.'s declaration, made a few days earlier, that said King
was harming both the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam war movements, In his
statements King made it a point to clearly enunciate his views on the
meaning of the "joining" of the two movements. To allay the fears of
donors to the civil rights movement,
he stated that money donated for support of the civil rights struggle
would not be reallocated to the anti-Vietnam war efforts. While he
understood some of the criticism he was receiving, he did not
"...believe in any merger or fusion of movements, but we equally
believe that no one can pretend that the existence of the war is not
profoundly affecting the destiny of civil rights progress."