Poor People’s Campaign

Title

Poor People’s Campaign

Subject

Anti-Poverty Movement

Description

The Poor People's Campaign was an inter-racial movement of the poor organized by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The campaign took shape in 1967 and sought to mobilize poor people from around the country to descend on Washington, D.C. to set up an encampment in the nation's capitol and demand a broad legislative agenda to aid the economically disadvantaged. King was assassinated prior to the PPC, though the SCLC continued on in his honor. In the end, rainy weather and internal divisions further undermined the event.

Creator

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Source

Roz Payne

Publisher

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date

ca. 1968

Format

Button

Type

Physical Object

Collection

Citation

Southern Christian Leadership Conference, “Poor People’s Campaign,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed October 28, 2020, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/120.

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