On April 15, 1967, as many as 400,000 protesters marched from Central Park to the United Nations to demand an end to U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, with Martin Luther King Jr. leading the way. It was the largest antiwar demonstration in U.S. history to date. ... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Phil Ochs playing the guitar. Image by Mark Sarfati, 1975, Courtesy of Mark Sarfati.
    Phil Ochs
  • Image of A.J. by Muste Neil Haworth, 1965, Courtesy of War Resisters League.
    A.J. Muste
  • “The Ford Hood Three” (New York: Fort Hood Three Defense Committee, July 1966), Courtesy Private Collection.
    Dennis Mora
  • Image of Martin Luther King Jr. by John C. Goodwin, April 4, 1967, Courtesy of the Estate of John C. Goodwin.
    Martin Luther King Jr.

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Key Events

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Local Events

1954 Vietnamese troops defeat French at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu; U.S. sends first American soldiers the next year

1964 After the Gulf of Tonkin, Congress approves increased military involvement in Vietnam and the antiwar movement emerges in response

1967 Martin Luther King Jr. denounces the war at Riverside

1968 Tet Offensive, My Lai massacre in Vietnam; Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated; youth protests occur around the world

1969 Moratorium demonstrations take place in New York on October 15 and Washington, D.C. on November 15

1970 "Hard Hat Riot" near Wall Street

1971 The New York Times publishes the Pentagon Papers

1975 South Vietnam surrenders to North Vietnam, the last U.S. troops depart, and the country is formally unified

Key Events

1954
Vietnamese troops defeat French at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu; U.S. sends first American soldiers the next year
1964
After the Gulf of Tonkin, Congress approves increased military involvement in Vietnam and the antiwar movement emerges in response
1967 Martin Luther King Jr. denounces the war at Riverside
1968
Tet Offensive, My Lai massacre in Vietnam; Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy assassinated; youth protests occur around the world
1969 Moratorium demonstrations take place in New York on October 15 and Washington, D.C. on November 15
1970 "Hard Hat Riot" near Wall Street
1971 The New York Times publishes the Pentagon Papers
1975
South Vietnam surrenders to North Vietnam, the last U.S. troops depart, and the country is formally unified