[Blackstudies-l] Brown bag lunch and conversation with members of the Poor People's Campaign

Jennifer Guzman guzman at geneseo.edu
Mon Apr 1 18:13:21 EDT 2019


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Colleagues and students, please just us THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 5,
11:30am-1:30pm in BAILEY 203 for a brown-bag lunch and conversation with
members of the Poor People's Campaign, who are making a stop in Geneseo as
part of their Bus Tour through New York State.

"The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival" is rooted
in the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Poor People's campaign of
1967-1968. The present campaign has "reached out to communities in more
than 30 states across this nation. We have met with tens of thousands of
people, witnessing the strength of their moral courage in trying times. We
have gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and we have
chronicled their demands for a better society....The Souls of Poor Folk:
Auditing America report reveals how the evils of systemic racism, poverty,
ecological devastation, and the war economy and militarism are persistent,
pervasive, and perpetuated by a distorted moral narrative that must be
challenged."

The Poor People's Campaign reflects today on the legacy of Dr. King's
message, "Dr. King saw that poverty was not just another issue and that
poor people were not a special interest group. Throughout his many speeches
in the last year of his life, he described the unjust economic conditions
facing millions people worldwide. He held up the potential of the poor to
come together to transform the whole of society. He knew that for the load
of poverty to be lifted, the thinking and behavior of a critical mass of
the American people would have to be changed. To accomplish this change of
consciousness a “new and unsettling force” had to be formed. In other
words, the poor would have to organize to take action together around our
immediate and basic needs. In doing, we could become a powerful social and
political force capable of changing the terms of how poverty is understood
and dispelling the myths and stereotypes that uphold the mass complacency
and leave the root causes of poverty intact. He described this force as a
multi-racial 'nonviolent army of the poor, a freedom church of the poor'."


-- 
Jennifer R. Guzmán, PhD
Pronouns <https://www.mypronouns.org/>: she/her/hers
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics
SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle, Bailey 108
Geneseo, NY 14454
Office: (585) 245-5174
Fax: (585) 245-5633

Geneseo Allies for Social Justice and Diversity <http://bit.ly/2fQrRne>
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