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

 

 

 

A mother and her children

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

1968.

 

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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Poor People’s Campaign,” 1968

 

Credit 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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://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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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