Poor People’s Campaign Resources for Study

A collection of Poor People’s Campaign resources for study on poverty today, history, and Dr. King’s vision, created in collaboration with the 2015-16 national organizing tour towards a new Poor People’s Campaign for today.

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival website
Building a Poor People’s Campaign for Today Concept Paper (Kairos Center)
Introduction to A New and Unsettling Force
“Questions Must Be Raised”: Who Are the Poor? Why Are We Poor? by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist
The Right to Not Be Poor by Willie Baptist, Shailly Barnes, and Chris Caruso
A New and Unsettling Force for Human Rights by Larry Cox

Plight, Fight, and Insight

Hope, Narcan, and Revolution by Aaron Scott
“No water for poor people: the nine Americans who risked jail to seek justice”, from The Guardian
“I cannot continue to live and work like this”: How Wal‐Mart drove me to shut down Park Avenue by Cantare Davunt
Groundswell: The Veterans’ and Survivors’ March from Mobile to New Orleans by Jose Vasquez
After the Election: Agitate, Educate, Organize by Willie Baptist and Dan Jones
Ferguson and the Watts Uprising by Willie Baptist and Foster Pinkney
Movement Lessons: “Organizing is Creativity” by Willie Baptist
“When Silence is Not an Option”, sermon by Rev. Dr. Barber at Riverside Church
America Needs a Breakthrough“, sermon by Rev. Dr. Barber at Charlottesville First United Methodist Church
Story of America Rev. Dr. Barber sermon collection
Walking to Save Lives by Larry Cox
Rejecting the Shame by Rev. Sarah Monroe

US Poverty Fact Sheet
Poverty Fact Sheet Exercise

King’s Vision

The Martin Luther King, Jr. You Don’t See on TV by Jeff Cohen and Normon Solomon
Key Passages by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Beyond Vietnam by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where Do We Go From Here? by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nonviolence and Social Change by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fifty years since “Beyond Vietnam” by Colleen Wessel-McCoy
When Jesus Says Love He Means It: Excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Frogmore speech on its 50th Anniversary by Colleen Wessel-McCoy

Lessons from History

“History of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968” from A New and Unsettling Force
Wikipedia entry on the Bonus Army
Wikipedia entry on the Poor People’s Campaign of 1967-68
Class Resurrection: The Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 and Resurrection City by Robert T. Chase
William Pepper’s Concluding Arguments in the 1999 Martin Luther King Assassination Trial
Bearing the Cross, “The Poor People’s Campaign and Memphis, 1967-1968” by David Garrow (full text unavailable online)

A printable set of selected readings is available here.

Visit www.poorpeoplescampaign.org to learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.