TWO US religious leaders launched a successor to Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign yesterday on its 50th anniversary.
The Rev Dr William Barber, a civil rights leader from North Carolina, and the Rev Dr Liz Theoharis from Milwaukee relaunched the campaign first begun shortly before the Rev King’s 1968 assassination.
Dr Barber said the campaign “aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement — rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalised and moral agents — to unite our country from the bottom up.
“While the poor, women and people of colour are hardest hit, these problems afflict our entire nation,” he said.
“Most poor and low-income Americans are white, and our middle class is rapidly shrinking as more and more of our country’s abundant wealth flows to the top 1 per cent.