What are your thoughts about 'The Poor People's Campaign'?
I posted this a tribute in remembrance of Martin Luther King. He was an amazing man with incredible foresight. Clearly he was RIGHT.
DR. Martin Luther King, JR. Legacy and our Future
In 1967, one in seven Americans lives in poverty. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference embarks on an ambitious Poor People's Campaign to bring attention to the nation's most needy people. In response to black rioting in 180 cities during the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King says, "the riot is the language of the unheard... America has failed to hear... that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met." Economic inequities are the next target for the movement. Activist Marian Wright suggests to King that the movement stage a poor people's march in Washington, D.C., and SCLC begins planning to bring "a nonviolent army of the poor" to the nation's attention. They are joined by the National Welfare Rights Organization.
In the midst of organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated on April 4, 1968. Riots erupt around the country as people mourn the loss. The SCLC presses forward with the Poor People's Campaign just weeks later, settling people on the National Mall in an encampment they call "Resurrection City." Jesse Jackson leads protesters in direct actions around the city, and in chants of "I am somebody." However, the protest fails after heavy rains and unclear agendas bog down the participants. In the midst of their efforts, word comes that presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, a champion of civil rights, has been assassinated in California. In recognition of the poor people's protest, the hearse bearing Kennedy's body is brought through the encampment in Washington. The spirit has gone out of people, and soon Resurrection City is shut down.