January 16, 2018
All are invited to attend an evening of cultural arts, interfaith prayer, teaching and testimony, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, January 18, in Plymouth Sanctuary, the first of four regional meetings held in Washington to connect people to the campaign. Speakers include individuals who are directly impacted by the campaign’s four core issues: systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy.
The movement, initiated by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, was based on his plan for a march on Washington DC to ‘dramatize the plight of America’s poor of all races and make very clear that they are sick and tired of waiting for a better life.’ The campaign would ultimately unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.
In his last Sunday sermon, with words more relevant today than ever, Dr. King said, “There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today… a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; a revolution of weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapon of warfare; a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place and there is still the voice crying the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new, former things are passed away…”
King exemplified the clarity, commitment, capability and connectedness needed to build a movement to end poverty:
“I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out…This is the way I’m going.”
This commitment is needed from all leaders interested in furthering Dr. King’s legacy. He demonstrated the difficulty and necessity of uniting the poor and dispossessed across race, religion, geography and other lines that divide. In our efforts to commemorate and build a Poor People’s Campaign for our times, the Poor People’s Campaign aims to stand on the shoulders of those who came before, learn the lessons and walk together.
Attend the event this Thursday and go to PoorPeoplesCampaign.org and add your name if you’re ready to join the movement to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our country.Subscribe