Protest: The Uninvited

Organizers had billed it in advance as "the biggest antiwar demonstration in history," predicting that up to 50,000 demonstrators would assemble to jeer the President when he arrived at the Century Plaza Hotel in West Los Angeles. The morning of Johnson's speech before a $500-a-plate President's Club dinner, a three-page ad proclaimed: "As of this date, we 8,000 Democrats of Southern California are disassociating ourselves from you because of your conduct of the war in Viet Nam."

No more than 10,000 Angelenos gathered during the day at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center to hear the thoughts of such speakers as Cassius...

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