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
- 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.
- 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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