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.
Hundreds of mothers joined Mrs. Martin Luther King's Mother's Day march through Washington's black community 5/12 to demonstrate for welfare rights. Here a number of the marchers are shown with their signs
Ethel Kennedy, the wife of Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-N.Y., leans over the shoulder of Mrs.Coretta Scott King , to chat at a rally on the Cardozo High School grounds in northwest Washington May, 12, 1968. The gathering capped a march by welfare mothers in the capital. At right is Dorothy Dimascico, one of the participants. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
Jethro Hawkans, Washington D.C., records on canvas the site for "Resurrection City," here 5/12, where 3,000 people will live during their Poor People's Campaign. In the background is the Washington Monument and at the center, pre-fabricated houses for the marchers.