A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time
The exhibition corresponds to the timeline of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last monumental social protest. On this site, we look at specific days from the Campaign, hoping to broaden the context of this history.
The show opens April 9, 2016.
48 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral.
King was 39 years old when he was assassinated.
Many dignitaries attended his funeral, including former Vice President, Richard Nixon.
One politician, Lester Maddox, governor of Georgia and former restaurant owner, did not attend. A staunch segregationist, Maddox said he would rather close his restaurant, the Pickrick which specialized in skillet fried chicken, than serve black people. When three black men tried to buy some of his chicken in July 1964, Mr. Maddox waved a pistol at them and said: ''You no good dirty devils! You dirty Communists!" He was 87 - 48 years older than Martin Luther King, Jr. - when he died of natural causes.