Poor People’s Campaign 1968
On July 12th 1967 riots break out in Newark New Jersey.  The civil disturbance lasts for six days that left 26 dead and hundreds injured. By August 1967, Senator Robert F. Kennedy asked Marian Wright Edelman, "tell Dr. King to bring the poor people to Washington to make hunger and poverty visible since the country’s attention had turned to the Vietnam War and put poverty and hunger on the back burner." About the photo: The riots in summer of 1967 in Newark and Detroit inspired the peaceful Poor People's March Washington D.C. the next year. Photographed in June 1968.  Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

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