New Poor People’s Campaign Resources for Study

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

Building a Poor People’s Campaign for Today Concept Paper
Call for a Poor People’s Campaign for Today
Introduction to A New and Unsettling Force
“The Right to Not Be Poor” by Willie Baptist, Shailly Barnes, and Chris Caruso

Plight, Fight, and Insight

What Happens When an American City Shuts Off Its Residents’ Water? featuring Maureen Taylor
“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
Moral Mondays North Carolina’s 14 Point Agenda
Sermons by Rev. William Barber at Judson Church and Story of America
 Walking to Save Lives by Larry Cox
“Rejecting the Shame” by The Rev. Sarah Monroe
Ferguson and the Watts Uprising by Willie Baptist and Foster Pinkney
US Poverty Fact Sheet

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.

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 New Poor People’s Campaign.