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This Day in Georgia History

May 09, 1968

Preparation for Poor People’s March

Approximately ten thousand whites and blacks gathered in Atlanta’s new Civic Center exhibition hall to prepare for the “Poor People’s March” on Washington D.C.

See also: Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of activities organized for Poor People’s Campaign participants visiting Atlanta and a Poor People’s Campaign rally with speakers Coretta Scott King, Ralph D. Abernathy and Hosea Williams (The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection) Note: This event took place just over a month after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.