Compared to 1968, Blacks are now in worse shape financially | News

Prior to his assassination, the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had called for the federal government to create an initiative to abolish unemployment and increase the number of jobs for African American

In the weeks before his 1968 assassination, King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were working on a new march on Washington called the Poor People’s Campaign. The organizers planned to demand that President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress help the poor get jobs, health care and affordable, decent housing.

The march was being planned at a time when the African-American unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in 1968, compared to 3.2 percent for whites.

In 1968, the Kerner…

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