This Day in History

June 23, 1968: The Poor People’s Campaign Ended

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Labor, Latinx, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity

On June 23, 1968, the permit for the Poor People’s Campaign expired.

It had been a month-long encampment of poor people and anti-poverty activists from all over the country who set up Resurrection City on the National Mall.

Ralph Abernathy, Mel Thom and others on the Ministers’ March. In the NMAAHC exhibit, © Laura Jones

On June 23, 2018, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival convened at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a Rally to Fight Poverty Not the Poor, after 40 days of peaceful protests and actions. In 2019, the Poor People’s Campaign convened with over 1,000 community leaders in Washington, D.C. for the “Poor People’s Moral Action Congress, which included the largest presidential candidates’ forum of the pre-debate season, the release of our Poor People’s Moral Budget, and a hearing before the House Budget Committee on the issues facing the 140 million poor and low-income people in the nation.” The planned rally and march for June 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19 and a digital Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington was held June 20, 2020.

See photos of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.