A mother and her children
at the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C.
Photograph: Jill Freedman,
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery
Finding Inspiration in the Struggle at Resurrection City
Oct. 24, 2017
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
Thu 6 May 2021 09.00 BST
“Poor People’s Campaign,” 1968
Photograph: 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.
Oct. 9, 2019
Sidney Poitier at the Poor People’s Campaign at “Resurrection City,”
a shantytown set up by protestors in Washington in 1968.
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.
January 7, 2022
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.
intended the campaign
to be a peaceful gathering
of poor people
across the nation.
They would march
through the capital
and visit various federal agencies
in hopes of getting Congress
to pass substantial
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,
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.
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
— 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.
"We're coming to Washington
in a poor people's campaign,"
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."
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