What is the legacy of the Poor People's Campaign? An image of tents in 'Resurrection City'.

On Friday, December 1, we held “By the Thousands We Will Move,” an online seminar with Dr. Colleen Wessel-McCoy, Co-Coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development for the Kairos Center. Dr. Wessel-McCoy, who recently completed her Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary on the history, theology, and social ethics of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign of 1967-68, taught us about the original Poor People’s Campaign and the lessons it holds for today’s organizing. We also discussed the official launch of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which took place on December 4 in Washington, D.C., and how it would reflect the 50th anniversary of the announcement of the first Campaign.
The Kairos Center is offering these online seminars as a way to provide time to reflect on and share our experiences of the ongoing work of organizing the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. We will use this time together to hear updates, raise questions, and discuss what lies ahead. Our discussions will especially emphasize the theological and spiritual dimensions of the Campaign: What is the theology that sustains and is emerging through the Campaign? What are the ideologies/theologies we are confronting?

Readings

This online seminar is now over. If you missed it, watch the video recording below: