Here’s Why African Americans Are Joining Poor People’s Campaign


One of the greatest fights for African Americans throughout history has been the war on poverty. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took up this fight with his Poor People’s Campaign, a movement to embolden the nation’s poor to find strength in numbers and demand legislation to obliterate poverty.

King dreamed of a march that would unite the impoverished in Washington D.C. and announced the plan in December 1967. Though his assassination in April 1968 ended this work, his dream lives on today. Rev. Dr. William Barber, former North Carolina NAACP president and leader of the Moral Mondays movement for justice, and other activists have revived King’s Poor People’s Campaign. Monday (May 14) marks the kickoff of 40 days of civil actions in 40 states and D.C. They will hold numerous…

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