Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Selma to SaigonThe Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Daniel S. Lucks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145075

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145075.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 04 July 2022

The Vietnam War and Black Power: The Deepening Divide, 1966

The Vietnam War and Black Power: The Deepening Divide, 1966

(p.111) 4 The Vietnam War and Black Power: The Deepening Divide, 1966
Selma to Saigon

Daniel S. Lucks

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 4 describes the deepening divisions in the civil rights movement in 1966 and the concomitant rise of Black Power. On January 3, the murder of Sammy Younge Jr., a navy veteran and SNCC activist, motivated SNCC to come out against the war. SNCC's antiwar stance created a national uproar, as its members were accused of treason and the moderate wing of the civil rights movement distanced itself from the group. Later in the year, SNCC would embrace racial separatism. The ramifications of opposing the war are highlighted by the controversy surrounding Julian Bond. Though elected to the Georgia legislature, Bond was denied his seat when he failed to repudiate SNCC's antiwar statement. Meanwhile, Black Power became a public sensation in the summer of 1966 and further destabilized the civil rights coalition. Increasingly consumed by the war, Johnson's commitment to the Great Society and civil rights legislation dimmed. The Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections in November seemed to validate concerns about a white backlash. As African American casualties mounted in Vietnam, the civil rights movement seemed to be at a crossroads.

Keywords:   Black Power, African American history, Vietnam War, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), civil rights movement, Stokely Carmichael, Julian Bond

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .