Friday at 3 p.m. – City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

Please join us on Friday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. for a panel discussion: “City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.”

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This panel will feature Dr. Noelle Trent, a historian and director of Interpretations, Collections & Education at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Dr. Trent will be joined by Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, an associate professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”). Dr. Garrett-Scott is the author of the book, “Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press 2019). Also contributing to the conversation is Dr. Andy Eisen, a visiting professor of History at Stetson University and co-director of the Community Education Project.

This panel will focus on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, which is highlighted in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition featured during Black History Month in the Stetson Hand Art Center. The Poor People’s Campaign was a demonstration that took place in 1968 where people across the nation came to Washington, D.C. to stand in support for economic justice across racial lines. Inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” which targeted the one-fifth of Americans that were living in poverty, this campaign sought to visualize and make real the people who lived in poverty in this nation. This was accomplished by mobilizing poor Americans, and their allies, to go to Washington, D.C. and be “seen.” Today, there are 9.2% of Americans living in poverty with Black and Hispanic populations reaching higher percentages, 15% and 13% respectively.

Drawing from their combined expertise, this panel will engage the question: “What lessons can we take away from the Poor People’s Campaign and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s to advance racial and economic justice today?” And, “How Do We Make Visible the Invisible?

This one-hour discussion is hosted by sociologist Dr. Sharmaine Jackson and sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and supported by the Stetson Hand Art Center in acknowledgement of Black History Month.