When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on this day 50 years ago, he was in the midst of planning a national “Poor People’s Campaign.”
At the National Cathedral, the same site where we memorialized one of our founders at Define American, Jake Brewer, Dr. King said boldly that the plan was to “bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses” and to “remain awake” in the site of economic injustice, and to develop “a world perspective…where we all learn to live together as brothers, tied together in a single garment of destiny.”
That’s why today I’m proud to announce that Define American, the nation’s leading media and culture organization that uses the power of story to shift the conversation about immigrants, citizenship, and identity in a changing America will be joining the #PoorPeoplesCampaign and encourages our chapters network–the largest of its kind in the nation–to participate in acts of solidarity for this massive moral movement to ensure that immigrant and ally voices are central.
Following the death of Dr. King, Rev. Abernathy led a march filled with clergy, Latinx, Native American, and Black leaders to showcase the intersectionality of our collective. Today, we pledge our commitment to march again and finally work to fulfill this vision.
Rev. Ryan M. Eller
Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. One of his final campaigns before he died was about ensuring #universalbasicincome in order to eliminate the link between racism and economic inequality.
Posted by Timeline on Tuesday, April 3, 2018