poor peoples campaign

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POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN -(1968)

  • Was made in response to the Chicago Freedom Movement.
  • He radicalised his approach towards the movement.
  • He united all different races e.g puerto ricans, mexicans, american indians and poor white people to force the govt to increase the standard of living.
  • The campaign would demand - federal budget $30 billion to combat poverty 

                                                 - govt commitment to full employment

                                                 - govt initiatives to build half a million housed each year.

  • 1967 he spoke out against the Vietnam War,alienating Johnson and ensuring that the campaign lacked presidential support.
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Memphis sanitation workers strike 1968

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    • Memphis city workers were unhappy about the pay they were recieveing.
    • Sanitatation workers were largely black however they were also some poor whites. 
    • Their protets were non violent
    • The Memphis march was not a success, protesters soon began looting and attacking shops, the police responded with tear gas.
    • King,Jackson and other members of the SCLC tried to stage another march but before this could happen King was assasinated.
    • KING WAS SHOT ON APRIL 4TH BY JAMES EARL RAY WHILST STANDING ON THE BALCONY OF HIS MEMPHIS HOTEL ROOM.
    • SIGNIFICANCE
    • End to civil rights movement
    • President Johnson ordered a day of mourning
    • Memphis sanitation workers granted higher income
    • violence broke out in 130 cities and 29 statws ( STOKLEY CARMICHEAL QUOTE)
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