The Committee of 100 is formed to lobby for the Poor People’s Campaign (see timeline entry for December 4, 1967) in advance of the arrival of thousands for Resurrection tent city.

The Committee demands an Economic Bill of Rights with five planks:

“A meaningful job at a living wage”

“A secure and adequate income” for all those unable to find or do a job

“Access to land” for economic uses

“Access to capital” for poor people and minorities to promote their own businesses

“Ability for ordinary people to ‘play a truly significant role’ in the government”

Ralph Abernathy justifies these demands by highlighting the use of slave labor in the production of US America’s capital and arguing that historically oppressed populations did not have the same opportunities as whites who already controlled economic and political resources.

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