The GI Movement vs. the War: A Symposium, No. 4, 1970
RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY, HOWARD LEVY, and J. H. O'DELL
The radio program Martin Luther King Speaks, William S. Stein, director, broadcast this symposium. At the time, Howard Levy was an organizer of the, GI movement against the war, Reverend Ralph David Abernathy was a leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and J. H. O'Dell was a Freedomways editor.
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Levy: Actually the GI movement started about 1967 or early 1968. Up until that time, anti-war people felt that by definition the GI was the enemy and he was the enemy because he wore a uniform of the Army and he therefore couldn't be for peace, they said. And then in 1968, actually January of 1968, the first anti-war coffee house opened up and it opened up in Columbia, South Carolina, which has the distinction of being the home of the Fighting Gamecocks of the