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April Books and Breakfast: Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign

50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated the last year of his life to building the Poor People’s Campaign, a nonviolent multiracial movement to demand a economic bill of rights and a radical redistribution of wealth and power in this country. Unfortunately, King would not live to see the campaign launch. On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated in Memphis, TN, while supporting the sanitation workers’ strike. Despite this tragic loss, thousands of poor Blacks, Whites, Chicanos, American Indians, Puerto Ricans, and others occupied the National Mall in D.C. for six weeks, living in a tent city called “Resurrection City.” They staged daily protests and built a multiracial community based on common goals and human rights values. Join us in reading and discussing the words of Dr. King and other leaders in the movement and the relevance they hold for us today. We will also talk about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a new effort to finish the unfinished business of Dr. King fifty years later.