HISTORY

Historic March on Washington

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1957.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom [The Great March on Washington] was one of the largest marches and rallies in United States history and called for human, civil and economic rights for African  Americans. It took place in Washington, DC on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the march was organized by a group of civil rights labor and religious organizations under the theme “jobs, and freedom”. It was on this day that Dr. King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Poor People’s Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign was a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. It was organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and was carried out in the wake of Dr. King’s assassination.

For many of America’s poor, there hasn’t been much progress in the 40 years since the Poor People’s Campaign. In 1968, 25 million people — nearly 13 percent of the population — were living below the poverty level, according to the Census Bureau. In 2010,15 percent of the population, were living below the poverty level.

It’s official: There are now more poor people in America than at any other time in the 52 years records have been kept.

At the 50th Anniversary, the SCLC Poverty Institute and Kingonomics will present definitive expert knowledge, best practices, collaborative partnerships and solutions to address our nation’s wealth gap.