Herman "Kofi" Bailey, Poor People's Campaign, 1968. Offset lithograph. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Susan J. Helms
The Poor People's Campaign started on June 19, 1968. But over 50,000 showed up to protest over a 3 Week period. They were all there to protest economic rights. The protest was held in Washington D.C. The poor people's campaign was started by Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was killed 3 weeks before the campaign actually started. After his assassination was killed his good friend Ralph Abernathy took over. Dr. King started the Poor People's Campaign so that "the poor are no longer…
April 3, 1968 | "I've Been to the Mountaintop" is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis. The next day, King was assassinated.
Just months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. was organizing support for the "Poor People's Campaign," aimed at supplementing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a full measure of economic and human rights for America's poor. Watch MLK unfurl some important history at 1:22 and take a minute to sit back and wonder what might have happened if he'd been successful.
Marian Wright Edelman is one of the world's premier advocates for children through her nonprofit Children's Defense Fund. But Edelman has long been a pioneer. In 1965, she was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. Later, she coordinated the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign.
May 12, 1968. Poor People's Campaign begins. Through nonviolent direct action, Dr. MLK, Jr. and SCLC hoped to focus the nation’s attention on economic inequality and poverty. ‘‘This is a highly signiﬁcant event,’’ King told delegates at planning meeting, ‘‘the beginning of a new co-operation, understanding, and a determination by poor people of all colors and backgrounds to assert and win their right to a decent life and respect for their culture and dignity’’ (SCLC, 15 March 1968).