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History > 20th century > USA > Civil rights > Poor people campaign / march    1968

 

 

 

A mother and her children

at the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C.

1968.

 

Photograph: Jill Freedman,

Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery

 

Finding Inspiration in the Struggle at Resurrection City

NYT

Oct. 24, 2017

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/
finding-inspiration-in-the-struggle-at-resurrection-city/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A family at the Poor People’s Campaign, Washington DC, 1968,

an effort to gain economic justice for the poor of the United States

 

Robert Houston: witness to injustice and social change – in pictures

The American photographer Robert Houston,

who memorably documented the civil rights movement,

poverty and homelessness in the United States, has died aged 86.

Born in East Baltimore in 1935,

he was inspired by his friend and fellow photographer Gordon Parks

to start work for the Black Star agency and then at Life magazine,

for which he notably covered the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.

Here is a selection of his photographs mainly from those years

G

Thu 6 May 2021    09.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/may/06/
robert-houston-witness-to-injustice-and-social-change-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Poor People’s Campaign,” 1968

 

Photograph: Jill Freedman

 

Jill Freedman,

Photographer Who Lingered in the Margins,

Dies at 79

 

She immersed herself

in the rougher precincts of American life for months at a time,

portraying their denizens as noble but not necessarily heroic.

NYT

Oct. 9, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/
arts/jill-freedman-dead.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidney Poitier at the Poor People’s Campaign at “Resurrection City,”

a shantytown set up by protestors in Washington in 1968.

 

Photograph:

Chester Sheard/Keystone,Hulton Archive,

via Getty Images

 

Tributes to Sidney Poitier Pour in From Hollywood and Beyond

President Biden, Former President Barack Obama, Harry Belafonte,

Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey and others paid tribute to Mr. Poitier.

 

Flags in the Bahamas, where he grew up, were lowered to half-staff.

NYT

January 7, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/07/
movies/sidney-poitier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1968

 

Poor people campaign / march

 

 

In early 1968,

the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

and other civil rights leaders

planned a Poor People's Campaign

in Washington, D.C., for the spring.

 

The group planned to demand

that President Lyndon Johnson

and Congress help the poor get jobs,

health care and decent homes.

 

Campaign organizers

intended the campaign

to be a peaceful gathering

of poor people

from communities

across the nation.

 

They would march

through the capital

and visit various federal agencies

in hopes of getting Congress

to pass substantial

anti-poverty legislation.

 

They planned to stay

until some action was taken.

 

But weeks before the march

was to take place,

King was assassinated.

 

His widow, Coretta,

and a cadre of black ministers,

including

the Revs. Ralph Abernathy

and Jesse Jackson,

decided they would pick up

where King had left off

and that the Poor People's

March on Washington

would go forward.

 

Thousands of people

participated in the march

on May 12, 1968.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91626373 - June 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

often described

poverty and prejudice

as related enemies,

and in the last few months of his life,

he called publicly

for a national demonstration

by the poor that would “confront

the power structure massively.”

 

The Poor People’s Campaign

was an effort to do precisely that,

not with just a march

but with an extended occupation

of the National Mall in Washington.

 

Organized by Dr. King

and the Southern Christian

Leadership Conference

— and led by Ralph Abernathy

after Dr. King’s assassination —

the campaign brought around

3,000 people from all over the country

to a spit of land that would soon

be drenched by rains, and filled with

wooden shanties and varied attempts

at utopian do-it-yourself collectivism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/us/
martin-luther-king-resurrection-city.html

 

 

 

"We're coming to Washington

in a poor people's campaign,"

King announced

at the National Cathedral

in Washington, D.C.,

on March 31, 1968.

 

"I was in Marks, Miss.,

the other day, which is

in Quitman County,

the poorest county

in the United States.

 

And I tell you I saw hundreds

of black boys and black girls

walking the streets

with no shoes to wear."

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/13/
610097454/how-a-mule-train-from-marks-miss-kicked-off-mlks-poor-people-campaign

 

 

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/
poor-peoples-campaign

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/01/07/
movies/sidney-poitier

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/may/06/
robert-houston-witness-to-injustice-and-social-change-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/09/
arts/jill-freedman-dead.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/19/
apollo-11-moon-landings-america-kathleen-alcott

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/23/
poor-peoples-campaign-washington-dr-king-mississippi

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/05/13/
610097454/how-a-mule-train-from-marks-miss-kicked-off-mlks-poor-people-campaign

 

 

 

 

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/
finding-inspiration-in-the-struggle-at-resurrection-city/

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/18/us/
martin-luther-king-resurrection-city.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php
?storyId=91626373
- June 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1968/05/13/
archives/5000-open-poor-peoples-campaign-in-washington-5000-open-poor.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/1968/06/07/
archives/poor-peoples-campaign-is-widening-its-emphasis.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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