While the United States was seen as a superpower to the world in the 1960s, poverty was widespread amongst Americans of every race, age and region of the country defying the United States’ lofty status. Even as President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in 1964, millions of Americans were being denied livable wages, adequate housing, nutritious food, quality education, and healthcare.
Led by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference declared poverty a national human rights issue. In response, the organization planned the Poor People’s Campaign—a grassroots, multiracial movement that drew thousands of people to Washington, D.C. For 43 days between May and June 1968, demonstrators demanded social reforms while living side-by-side on the National Mall in a tent city known as Resurrection City.
The city of tents was named the City of Hope by civil rights pioneer Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. Now, the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is proud to present “City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign poster”. The exhibition explores the history and legacy of this important moment in U.S. history. The Pink Palace Museum is proud to have this engaging and inspirational set of unique and highly informative posters on display until June 21, 2020.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service organized this poster exhibit to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daring vision for economic justice and opportunity for every U.S. citizen. This exhibition is based on an exhibit developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Admission prices to the Pink Palace Museum will vary and is free Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to close. Ticket prices are subject to change. For more information, please visit www.memphismuseums.org.
If you feel like escaping The Park at Forest Hill Apartments in Memphis, Tennessee for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020—9:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38111