A part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival‘s week-long vigil on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., The Three Reconstructions: A Poor People’s History Tour on Friday, June 22 took campaign leaders on a tour examining key sites in the history of U.S. social movements, along with the hidden histories of well-known national landmarks. The tour emphasized the three Reconstructions, looking at the leadership of the most affected in each period. The tour put the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in the tradition of responding to evils with revival, fusion organizing, the call for moral revolution, and social transformation.
The Three Reconstructions: A Poor People’s History Tour
“#PoorPeoplesCampaign!” “A National Call for Moral Revival!!” Thanks to all who followed the #PPC3RTour ! https://t.co/7h92jGZ4dq
“What worries me, Senator, is that they’re getting into step.” We must reach into the blood, pick up the baton, and carry the movement forward today!#PoorPeoplesCampaign #PPC3RTour
At the site of the original Resurrection City in 1968. There’s no plaque or memorial. Today, they’re building a hockey field here. #PPC3RTour #PoorPeoplesCampaign
Here at the hallowed ground of the first Resurrection City in 1968, we’re reading #MLK’s words envisioning the #PoorPeoplesCampaign together. #PPC3RTour
“There are millions of poor people in this country who have very little, or even nothing, to lose. If they can be helped to take action together, they will do so with a freedom and a power that will be a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life…” #MLK #PPC3RTour
This was also the site of the Bonus Army in 1932, thousands of WWI soldiers during the Depression who camped out on the National Mall demanding their pay for the war—what had been promised them for fighting. It was a multiracial movement in King’s mind during the PPC. #PPC3RTour
We’ve moved into an era that requires a radical redistribution of economic and political power. #MLK #PPC3RTour #PoorPeoplesCampaign
#MLK has become a victim of the distorted moral narrative. But he was an expert in using traditional American language to clothe radical truths. #PPC3RTour #PoorPeoplesCampaign
“You’d be tired if you singlehandedly ended slavery, too!” We have to remember the history of social movements that underlie the Civil War as revolutionary, such as the abolitionists (especially formerly enslaved people) who challenged the distorted moral narrative. #PPC3RTour
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