Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign

Today, we recognize that in order to challenge the extremist policies that are being proposed at the highest levels of government, which hurt the most vulnerable, we need a Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign.” Rev. Dr. William Barber

Repairers of the Breach, a non-partisan ecumenical organization advancing progressive policies at the state and local level, announced the creation of a task force headed by Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Shailly Gupta Barnes, and Dr. Tim Tyson to conduct “The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Racism, Militarism, Poverty and Our National Morality.” This audit will produce a clear framework for the twenty-first century re-launch of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign and will shine a light on the facts, figures and faces of those most impacted by systemic poverty, racism and militarism, over the past 50 years.


Monday, April 3, 2017 at 9am at The National Press Club

(529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Bloomberg Room, Washington, D.C.)

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a “revolution of values” at the historic Riverside Church, inviting a divided country to stand together against the “triplets of evil”—militarism, racism, and economic injustice.

Fearing that his vision was too radical, preachers, editorial boards, and even fellow civil rights leaders condemned King. Among the dispossessed and disenfranchised, however, King’s words—that people need not die from poverty in the richest nation to ever exist—resonated profoundly. Across America, people of every race, ethnicity and faith embraced a moral audit to champion both human rights and economic rights. The ensuing Poor…

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