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The Campaigner newsletter


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The Poor People's Campaign, created in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and the rest of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was a political movement focused on addressing economic struggles of the American working class in housing and employment which culminated in the Poor People's March in 1968 in Washington D.C.. The campaign focused on "[incorporating] interracial class issues and economic goals" (Britannica) and using nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.

The Philadelphia Christian Leadership Conference distributed flyers and newsletters contained in this collection to inform the local community of the Poor People's Campaign, as well as to encourage locals to become a part of protests for this movement in Washington DC. The newsletter advertised buses to protests, free child care for protesters, the names of food collection centers for people to donate to the movement, as well as asking for volunteers for the overall cause. Sourced from:

Folder including newsletters and letters from The Campaigner in 1968, a Philadelphia newsletter from the Poor People's Campaign organized by the Philadelphia Christian Leadership Conference. These newsletters dissminated information on the ideology and goals of the Poor People's Campaign as outlined by Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy and encouraged readers to participate in the Poor People's March, giving them resources on how to travel and stay in Washington D.C. for the demonstration. Other content in the newsletters include discussions of the economic struggles of the working class, US economic policy, civil rights, and mobilizing readers to donate to the campaign and various other poverty relief projects.

This collection is arranged chronologically

Unknown acquisition, contextual evidence shows the library subscribed to the newsletter.

Processed by Janet Hernandez-Romero and Alan Ramirez, completed September 2023

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Janet Hernandez-Romero and Alan Ramirez
Finding Aid Date
September, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Newsletter, 1968-04-29-1968-07-29.
Box 63

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