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                   History of  Poor People's
                             Campaign
 
 
                                          
In December  04  1967 Atlanta, Ga ,Dr Martin Luther King JR. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized a Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice and housing for the poor in the United States, aiming itself at rebuilding America's cities. The Poor People's Campaign did not focus on just poor black people but addressed all poor people.Martin Luther King jr. labeled the Poor People's Campaign the "second phase," of the civil rights struggle - setting goals such as gathering activists to lobby Congress for an "Economic Bill of Rights," Dr. King also saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its "hostility to the poor " - appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity," but providing "poverty funds with miserliness."
 
 
Under the "economic bill of rights" the Poor People's Campaign asked for the federal government to prioritize helping the poor with an antipoverty package that included housing and a guaranteed annual income for all Americans.
 
 
After King’s assassination on April 04 1968, the King family and SCLC leadership decided to go on with the campaign to honor King. On May 12 1968 the first wave of demonstrators arrived in Washington, D.C. One week later, Resurrection City was built on the Washington Mall, a settlement of tents and shacks to house the protesters. Demonstrators were sent out to various federal agencies to protest and spread the message of the campaign. Although Ralph Abernathy had taken over as SCLC president following King's death, the campaign's leadership lacked the momentum that King might have provided. The combined setbacks of bad press, Robert Kennedy's assassination, and an overwhelming number of protesters (7,000 at its peak) further limited the campaign's effectiveness. Failing to force a response from legislators, the Poor People's Campaign closed camp on  June 19 1968.
The poor people's campaign was Resurrected in Chicago il in  December  of 2003.             
 
Board of Directors

Mr Jerry L Robinson
President & CEO
312-794-5335

Mr  Ronald  T  Luten
Vice president
 

Mr Norman Parish
Executive Secretary
 
Location:
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Chicago, IL 60616
 
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