MLK Lives: The Call for a New Poor People's Campaign

Breaking the Silence on the 50th Anniversary of Beyond Vietnam

April 4th, 2017 marked fifty years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for a revolution of values against racism, poverty, and militarism in his historic “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence” speech at Riverside Church in New York City. We commemorated the anniversary in a number of ways, but most especially by continuing the call for a New Poor People’s Campaign to unite the poor and dispossessed and take up the unfinished business of Dr. King’s last campaign, the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Read more.

The Triple Evils: Poor People’s Campaign Needed Now More Than Ever

Michael McPhearson of Veterans for Peace writes about the “Triple Evils” of poverty, military, and racism that Rev. Dr. King identified in his Beyond Vietnam speech: How they’re showing themselves today, how they’re connected, and what we need to do to fight them. Read more.

Fifty years since “Beyond Vietnam”

Exactly one year before his assassination Rev. Dr. King delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The speech remains one of the most powerful expressions of his moral commitments, political analysis, and social vision. It also represented a critical step on the road to the Poor People’s Campaign: in denouncing the war King put himself in opposition to the political establishment, Democrat and Republican, instead taking the side of the poor against militarism, racism, and poverty. Read more.

Who's endorsing the Poor People's Campaign

Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association

Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights

Social Welfare Action Alliance

Why Hunger


Food and Water Watch

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

The George Wiley Center

Arise for Social Justice

Veterans for Peace

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Chaplains on the Harbor (Aberdeen, WA)

People's History of Elkhart

People’s History of Elkhart (Indiana)

The Assembly to End Poverty

The Assembly to End Poverty

Alabamas Young, Black, & Green

Alabama’s Young, Black & Green

Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center

Equal Justice Initiative

Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise


Highlander Research and Education Center

Student Labor Action Movement – NYU

Coalition Against Corporate Higher Education

T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Earth News Channel

Alabama Multi-Cultural Fisher and Seafood Worker-Owned Cooperative

Bob Zellner (SNCC/North Carolina NAACP)

World Student Christian Federation – North America

WRFG 89.3 FM – Community Radio Atlanta

On Earth Peace

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (Sri Lanka)

National Union of Domestic Employees (Trinidad and Tobego)

Judson Memorial Church

Vermont Workers’ Center

US Human Rights Network

Union Theological Seminary

The People’s Movement Against POSCO (India)

Defend Job Philippines

Ebenezer Baptist Chuch

Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock

Picture the Homeless

The Micah Institute

Media Mobilizing Project

Labor Religion Coalition of New York State


Dr. Vandana Shiva

United Workers of Baltimore City

Faith In New York

Southern Maine Workers’ Center

Put People First! PA

Rev. Dr. William J Barber, II

Committee on US-Latin American Relations (Cornell University)

Alabama Save OurSelves Coalition

Food Bank of the Southern Tier

The Kairos Center