When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called for a Poor People's Campaign in he and other religious leaders aimed to lift people out of poverty. Today, the role of ministers like King has changed, but not much has changed for many poor Americans.
When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called for a Poor People's Campaign in 1968, he and other religious leaders aimed to lift people out of poverty. Today, the role of ministers like King has changed, but not much has changed for many poor Americans.
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.
"The food stamp program by $20 million and more surplus food was distributed to the poor." - To learn more, visit the Ken Heinen's 1968 Poor People's Campaign Photos in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository. Copyright 2012 Ball State University
Flyers for the Campaigns Martin Luther King Was Working on When He Was Assassinated
Poor People's Campaign March 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. announced plans for Poor People's Campaign in Washington. He said he would lead a massive civil disobedience campaign in the capital to pressure the government to provide jobs and income for all Americans. He told a press conference that an army of poor white, poor Blacks and Hispanics would converge on Washington on April 20 and would demonstrate until their demands were met.