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.
Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sings a traditional spiritual at a Memphis rally, May 2, 1968, attended by some 8,000 persons kicking off the Poor People's Campaign. She sang "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" which she dedicated to "the memory of my dear husband." (AP Photo/Toby Massey)
Marching slowly behind a mule-drawn farm wagon, the Poor People’s Campaign planned by Dr. Martin Luther King moves out into Memphis on May 2, 1968 after kickoff ceremonies at the motel where Dr. King was slain on April 4. Dr. King’s successor, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy of SCLC, walked at the head of the column with leaders of Spanish-American, Native American, and Puerto Rican groups. (AP Photo)
The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, left, and the Rev. A.D. King take the reins of the Mule Team leading the Poor People’s Campaign March thru Memphis Thursday, May 2, 1968 as the march neared its first stop of the day. Behind them, SCLC Organizer Hosea Williams, holds a small child as stands in the farm Wagon. (AP Photo)