By: Rich Feldman
In 1968, I volunteered for Eugene McCarthy, traveled across the country to campaign against the war in Vietnam, danced in the streets of Wisconsin when LBJ announced that he would not run for a second term and demonstrated in Chicago against the pro-war policies of the Democratic Party Leadership. This was my initiation into the politics of the 1960s. I arrived at UM and got involved in the year between the 1967 Detroit Rebellion and the Assassination of MLK. The assassination of Martin Luther King dominated the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and reminded us that we could not separate the war and foreign policy from the Civil Rights Movement and the need to transform our values and rebuild our cities.