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Poor Peoples Campaign

Why Martin Luther King Had to Die

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

King was uniquely positioned to lead so bold a challenge to the forces of America's economic and political status quo. Yet he knew the Poor People's Campaign would attract to him enemies more powerful than he'd faced before.

Continuing the Poverty Eradication Work of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Introducing Project 5117

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Dr. King believed, and I believe rightly so, that America could never achieve her full potential until Black America and other minority groups, as well as other low-wealth communities and left-behind populations, had an equal shot at the American dream.

Spiritual Courage: Fear No Man

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Fear is a natural emotion in the face of opposition and challenge. But Judaism asks us to do our best not to fear humans when making value choices. We must live by principle even when presented with threats.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Moment for a Movement

Maya L. Harris | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Maya L. Harris

The civil rights movement in America is set to abound in prideful reflection, and deservedly so. Yet for all our success along justice's moral arc, it is also a moment for renewed drive and direction.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Janell Ross

MLK's Economic Justice Views Often Misunderstood

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices

In March 1968, weeks before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. visited a school in Marks, Miss. He saw something there that witnesses said moved the ac...

MLK: Our Prophet Of Economic Justice

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

This year on his holiday, with the poverty rate at more than 16 percent, let us not allow the corporate media coverage to yet again ignore the great crusade for economic justice that Dr. King was spearheading by 1968.

Racism, Dr. King, and Food Stamps

Joel Berg | Posted 03.17.2012 | New York
Joel Berg

Dr. Martin Luther King, responding to near-starvation conditions found in parts of the U.S., viewed access to food as a civil rights issue. King made the hunger issue a central component of his Poor People's Campaign.

The "Jobs Creators" Brand Gets a Little Tarnished

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Corporate and financial elites have largely succeeded in seizing the current economic crisis of their own making to ram through attacks on social programs they've always despised. With Washington in their pockets they apparently believe that now is their time to contort the institutions of American society into a consortium servicing their narrow class interests. But the protests in Europe and on Wall Street are evidence that a growing number of people are on to them. The primordial moment for the pursuit of justice has begun.

Injustices, From Memphis to Madison

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

On Monday, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis, I will be in Madison. There is a straight line from Memphis -- where Dr. King stood with striking public employees -- to Madison.

Revisiting Marks, Mississippi

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the critical immediate solutions to the pervasive child hunger Dr. King saw, the underlying crisis -- pervasive child poverty -- persists in the Mississippi Delta.

What Would Dr. King Think of Today's Poverty?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While many remember Dr. King for his civil rights activities, far less are aware of the work he did in support of the Poor People's Campaign. Dr. Ki...

We Need an Unemployed People's Campaign

Isaiah J. Poole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isaiah J. Poole

Jobs should be the first order of business of the 112th Congress. But when the new, Republican-led House of Representatives goes back to work on the week of January 18 its first agenda item will be the repeal of health care reform.

Take Back the Streets From Beck, Palin, Fox News, The Koch Brothers, and the Tea Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Republicans who vote down unemployment insurance and try to pass more tax cuts for the rich should be scared to show up in public. It's time for progressives to rediscover their history of mass protests.

Dear Mr. President: Time to Man Up

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

You may start by reinstating Shirley Sherrod. She deserves that much. You may go further by admitting, as the NAACP has, that you were "snookered."

Excerpt: You Wake Me Each Morning, 2010 Edition

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Connie Lawn

It was the summer of 1968, and I must have looked strange, even by sixties standards, in my gleaming white hard hat. I was the only field reporter covering Resurrection City.