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Social justice movement veterans help Poor People’s Campaign

August 25, 2018

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) — As the Poor People’s Campaign launches a massive initiative to sign up people to support the movement and to vote, its leaders are working with the generation of civil rights activists who stood with the Rev. Martin Luther King and have continued his work.

The Rev. William Barber is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. He says he turns to those who came before him: leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and attorney Al McSurely.

King announced the Poor People’s Campaign in December 1967 but was assassinated four months later. Civil rights advocates like Edelman took up the mantel and serve as models for today’s activists.

Campaign volunteers will begin Saturday going door-to-door to register people to join the movement and to vote.

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