Faces of Vietnam Protest and Beyond Vietnam MLK Jr. Speech

Faces of Vietnam Protest and Beyond Vietnam MLK Jr. Speech

Peace Marches in 1969 and 1970 in San Francisco

“Silence Becomes Betrayal”

The Harvey Richards Media Archive remembers Martin Luther King, Jr with this post which combines color footage of the massive 1969 and 1970 San Francisco, California Vietnam protest marches with the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. from his “Beyond Vietnam” speech of 1967.  This short video, supplementing Richards’ documentary film “No Greater Cause” (1968) reveal the numbers, the faces, the picket signs, and the spirit of rebellion that grew towards the end of that hated war and helped bring about the end of it.

After making No Greater Cause in 1968, Harvey Richards continued to shoot motion picture footage and still photos of peace marches against the Vietnam war in San Francisco. 18 photo galleries in the Harvey Richards Media Archive present his photography of  the massive peace events during the late 1960s and early 1970’s.

During 1968, there were 155,536 individuals who were Away Without Leave (AWOL) from the  U.S. Army.  Of those 53,357 were designated desertions.  On October 14, 1968, two days after the march, 27 prisoners in the Presidio brig staged a sit down protest over conditions there.  Newspaper headlines read “Mutiny in the Presidio”.  The sit down protesters sang “We Shall Overcome” and were charged with desertion with a possible death penalty.  No Greater Cause presents the speeches of the GI’s at the march and rally at the Civic Center in San Francisco, CA that preceded the Persidio action.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

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