Shortly before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. called for a radical redistribution of economic and political power to transform the whole of society. In 1967 he designed the Poor People’s Campaign, an interracial effort that was carried out after his death. This campaign brought together impoverished Americans of all races to demand better wages, better jobs, better homes, and better education. King and the Other America explores this overlooked and obscured episode of the late Civil Rights movement, deepening the understanding of King’s commitment to social justice and also of the long-term trajectory of the Civil Rights Movement.
Digging into earlier twentieth-century arguments about economic inequality across America, which King drew on through his entire political and religious life, Sylvie Laurent argues that the Poor People’s Campaign was the logical culmination of King’s influences and ideas, which have had lasting impact on young activists and the public. Fifty years later, growing inequality and grinding poverty in the United States have spurred new efforts to rejuvenate the campaign. This book is essential to understanding today’s movement through King’s radical, intellectual thought and his struggle for genuine equality for all.
By Sylvie Laurent, author of King and the Other America: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Quest for Economic Equality,(coming December 2018) As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s …Read More >