Two Washington Post Articles about a 50 Year Old Mystery

PoorPeoplesCampaign1968(Richard Bensinger)

Caption from the first Post article: Who was this unidentified pair wading in the Reflecting Pool on the Mall during the weeks-long Poor People’s Campaign in 1968? (Richard Bensinger)

On May 27, 2018, Manuel Roig-Franzia wrote an article about the picture included above.  The article raised a mystery: Who were the two people featured in this previously unpublished photograph by Richard Bensinger in 1968 during the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, DC.  Then Michele Holzman read the article and recognized herself.  On June 20, 2018, Manuel Roig-Franzia published a follow up article in the Post.  The mystery was partially solved.

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Eyes (and Ears) on Economic Activism

On 2/9/18, three lifelong activists came together on a panel at the University of Virginia to reflect on their experience during the Poor Peoples Campaign of 1968 and what they’ve learned since.

The panelists were:

  • John Mason, Moderator
  • Laura Jones
  • Chuck Fager
  • Maria Varela

You can see the video of that panel’s presentation here.

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Laura Jones on “Apropos of Something”

While Laura Jones was in Charlottesville, she was interviewed on the Podcast “Apropos of Something” on 2/10/18.  You can listen to the podcast here.

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Panel on the Poor People’s Campaign

On February 9 three activists will be have a panel discussion on their participation in the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.  And since all three are lifelong activists, I’m sure there will be a lot of related subjects they’ll discuss!

What:    Maria Varela, Laura Jones, and Chuck Fager

When:  February 9, 2018, lunch begins at noon; Panel discussion 12:30—2:00 pm

Where: Harrison Small Auditorium of the Harrison Special Collections Library, UVA

Here is a website about the event: http://bit.ly/PPCPanel

Here is a printable flyer about the event.

You can see their oral histories here: http://bit.ly/ResurrectionCityResearch

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Ministers Look to Revive Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poverty Campaign

Laurie Goodstein published this article in the New York Times on 12/3/2018.

You can access a pdf version of the article here.

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Maurice Isserman Oral History Posted

Maurice Isserman heard the call to participate in Solidarity Day as a 17 year old.  The day after his graduation from high school, he traveled from his home in rural Connecticut to join the demonstration and march in Washington, DC. In his reflections here, he traces what he describes as his minor role at the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement and the many ways it informed and reinforced his life long scholarly study of the 60s and his interest in the newly emerging Poor People’s Campaign on the 50th anniversary of the original. 

However minor his role may have been, it’s impact on him was undeniably significant.

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New Poor Peoples Campaign Begins. 12.4.2017

Poor, Disenfranchised, Clergy and Allies Launch Movement for Moral Revival in America.

For more information, see here.

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New Poor Peoples Campaign Announced

On December 4, 2017, a coalition lead by the Kairos Center and others will announce the start of the New Poor People’s Campaign.  At 10 am there will be a press release on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.  It will be livestreamed at www.breachrepairers.org/livestream.

Learn more here.

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Alex Hing’s Oral History Posted

Alex Hing is a lifelong activist.  He participated in the Poor People’s Campaign as a 22 year-old who traveled to DC as part of a two-bus-load contingent of activists from Oakland, California. This interview was conducted by John Alexander on 10/1/17.

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Hy Thurman’s Oral History Posted

Hy Thurman is a lifelong activist and a founding member of the Young Patriots Organization.  He participated in the Poor People’s Campaign as an 18 year old as part of a contingent of white activists from Chicago.  This experience, when Thurman was only just beginning his activism as he re-located from Tennessee to Chicago was a huge boost to his education and his growing commitment to the movement. This interview was conducted by John Alexander on 6/14/17.

Interview: here

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