On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s poor people’s campaign: ‘We will march to ignite the revolution King called for’
May 11, 2013
Happening now! - The Poor Peoples March #PPCmarch2DC is entering the Baltimore center city. March to WashDC 40 miles. Source
The Poor People’s Campaign was a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. It was organized by MLK Jr, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out in the wake of King’s assassination.
The Campaign demanded economic and human rights for poor Blacks, Chicanos, Native Americans, and Whites. After presenting an organized set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, participants set up a 3000-person tent city on the Washington Mall, where they stayed for six weeks.
Along these lines, Melissa Harris Perry will be hosting a two hour conversation tomorrow on her MSNBC show about poverty. The conversation will be starting from the presumption that poverty can be abolished, and will be focused on tactics for accomplishing that extremely important goal. I don’t usually recommend programming on corporate media (& I’d bet they’ll dance around actually saying the word ‘capitalism’ in the conversation tomorrow) but Melissa Harris Perry’s show is usually packed full of meaningful analysis and useful facts for discussing the week’s current events.