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Poor Peoples Campaign 2017-2018

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
  • Justice for Girls
  • Community Defense Promise Teams
  • Kingian Nonviolence Training


These activities, along with our annual commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery March as well as our national convention are the backbone of our advocacy on behalf of the social, economic and political rights of all Americans but particularly the poor.