Interview with Tony Gittens

Why did you and other students begin to get into this Vietnam protest? What was your personal feeling in connection with that?


Well we were totally against the war. We were against the draft, ah, we felt that the Vietnam war was totally unjust and that especially Black people should have no role in the war. And Howard at that time had compulsory ROTC. Ah, that was another aspect of it that most men there found just absolutely appalling. Ah, we felt that Howard should not be a factory for Black officers to go into the war. And, ah, that we were not going to just participate in it. And as a matter of fact we were going to say no to it. And so there were protests against that and to let the world know, that, you know, Black people were not going to participate in the war. Or at least were going to be strongly opposed to it.