U.S. History Project - Poor People's Campaign

U.S. History Project - Poor People's Campaign - Level 1...

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Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 What did Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders plan to do? They planned to demand that President Lyndon Johnson and Congress help the poor to get jobs, healthcare, and decent homes. What was the intended plan for the campaign? It was intended to be a peaceful gathering of the poor from across the nation. They were supposed to march to the capital and federal
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agencies in hopes of getting Congress to pass antipoverty legislation. What happened weeks before the march? Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. However, his wife and black ministers picked up the march. How did the marchers protest? They built up tents and shacks on the National Mall and camped for six weeks. This encampment, led by Jesse Jackson, was called Resurrection City. What were the conditions at the encampment? Rain wouldn't stop pouring on the campers. People got injured and the place was muddy
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all over. Everyone was still hurt by Dr. King's death, and Robert Kennedy was
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