Former Hillsboro teacher received a letter from MLK in 1967

COURTESY KIRKWOOD FAMILY - Former Hillsboro school teacher Jack Kirkwood received this letter from Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967 after writing to King about his opposition to the Vietnam WarMartin Luther King Day is coming up soon. He sent me a letter in 1967, nearly 50 years ago. At the time I received the letter, I was a social studies and English teacher at Poynter Junior High in Hillsboro.

In the classroom, I was careful to bring up all sides of an issue. But privately, my study of the war led me to write a pamphlet on "A Citizen's View of the Vietnam War."

When I learned of Dr. King's feelings on the war, I sent a copy of the pamphlet to him and he wrote back to me.

In the letter Dr. King touches on those same themes that come to mind when we remember his life:  his commitment to non-violence,  his belief that dissent is an important part of patriotism, and his discomfort with America's war in Vietnam.

A copy of the letter is attached.

Jack Kirkwood


USMC - Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses a crowd in Washington, D.C. ahead of his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech.

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