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How the Civil Rights Movement Inspired the Draft Resistance Movement • Part 1

James Lawson and Bayard Rustin were early African-American draft resisters whose training in Gandhian nonviolence in India helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. Along the way they inspired many others, including draft resisters opposed to the war in Vietnam. The Civil Rights Movement was widely covered in the press. Many millions of Americans watched closely to see how these struggles would unfold, and heard often bitter debate about their meaning. These struggles were a challenge to the entire nation: do we honor principles of equality and justice, or principles of racism and segregation? Some of the youngest viewers would later become leaders of the anti-war movement, drawing inspiration



Draft Resistance & the Vietnam War

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