Distance: 5.5 miles
So, on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Ciwt has a few personal memories of the man and his movements. One of the most vivid is when she was working in DC and volunteered as a census taker at Resurrection City in late May, 1968. It remains an almost indescribably powerful experience in her memory.
Although Dr. King had conceived of and laid the groundwork for the massive event, he had been assassinated in Memphis 6 weeks before. Even so thousands traveled to Washington to honor Dr. King’s memory and to pursue his vision. When they arrived, by mule train, bus, and other means they built “Resurrection City,” made up of 3,000 wooden tents, and camped out there for 42 days, until evicted on June 24, a day after their permit expired.
The Poor People's Campaign, or Poor People's March on Washington, was a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States . It was organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy in the wake of King's assassination in April 1968.