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International Poor People’s Campaign

Dr. Charles Steele, Jr. traveled to Germany to launch the International Poor People’s Campaign to combat poverty around the world.  Poverty is not just a local injustice it a global one so the SCLC seeks to eradicate extreme poverty through an cohesive international effort.


In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gathered together his staff and planned a poor people’s campaign to take place the next year (1968). The purpose was to demand from the government officials “jobs, unemployment insurance, a fair minimum wage, and education for poor adults and children designed to improve their living conditions.


Under the leadership of Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) recognizes that the same problems that existed for poor people decades ago still exist today. Therefore, SCLC is in the planning stages of a new Poor People’s Campaign. Our comprehensive plan is as follows:

  • Poverty Tour
  • Empower the Poor
  • Teach the Poor
  • Feed the Poor