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City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign poster exhibition

City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign poster exhibition

Sponsored by The Department of Communication & Film at the University of Memphis

While the United States was seen as a superpower to the world in the 1960s, poverty was widespread amongst Americans of every race, age and region of the country defying the United States’ lofty status. Even as President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in 1964, millions of Americans were being denied livable wages, adequate housing, nutritious food, quality education, and healthcare.

Led by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference declared poverty a national human rights issue. In response, the organization planned the Poor People’s Campaign—a grassroots, multiracial movement that drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C. For 43 days between May and June 1968, demonstrators demanded social reforms while living side-by-side on the National Mall in a tent city known as Resurrection City.

The city of tents was named the City of Hope by civil rights pioneer Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.

City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign poster exhibition explores the history and legacy of this important moment in U.S. history. The Pink Palace Museum is proud to have this engaging and inspirational set of unique and highly informative posters on display from September 14, 2019 to June 21, 2020.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service organized this poster exhibit to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daring vision for economic justice and opportunity for every U.S. citizen. This exhibition is based on an exhibit developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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