City of Hope Exhibit Opens at Pink Palace Museum


Exhibit features posters and photographs from the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign

By Bill Walsh, Pink Palace Family of Museums

For 43 days between May and June 1968, demonstrators demanded social reforms while living side-by-side on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 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. The Pink Palace Museum’s City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Poster Exhibition explores the history and legacy of this important civil rights movement.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. displays the poster to be used during his Poor People’s Campaign on March 4, 1968.
(HORACE CORT / AP & from The Atlantic‘s story on MLK’s Last March)

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.

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. 

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.

The exhibit is sponsored by The Department of Communication & Film at the University of Memphis.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Poster Exhibit at the Pink Palace, here.

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