WASHINGTON — The Poor People’s Campaign and supporters joined together for a rally on Saturday to protest poverty in D.C.
The rally was held at the National Mall, but the group marched to the U.S. Capitol and back to the National Mall around 1 p.m. See photos of the event below.
To learn more about the history of the Poor People’s campaign, check out Resurrection City.
Scenes from the Poor People’s Rally and March. (Courtesy Shannon Finney/shannonfinneyphotography.com)
Fifty years ago this week, an encampment of poor people and poverty activists from all over the country camped out on the National Mall to protest, gain attention to their cause and come together in solidarity. About 150,000 people came to the Poor People’s Campaign’s biggest event, and the encampment lasted six weeks, but not many people remember it today. Find out what it was all about, read reminiscences of people who were there and have studied it, and see photos of what the residents had to face.
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