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Into Coalition Building with Bishop Barber

Rev. Dr. William J Barber II is reviving Dr. King’s vision for cross-racial unity around economic justice.
Image: A rally outside of the 369th Regiment Armory in Harlem, N.Y., on May 11, 1968.
A rally outside of the 369th Regiment Armory in Harlem, N.Y., on May 11, 1968.Bev Grant / Getty Images file

About this episode:

With national protests and wide social unrest, 2020 feels to some like 1968. That year, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. launched The Poor People’s Campaign. He called for a revolution around economic justice and a movement to unite people against poverty, racism, and other forms of oppression.

In 2018, organizers resurrected the cause, re-establishing The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Host Trymaine Lee talks to Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign about the importance of building coalitions for lasting change, and the Campaign’s upcoming virtual march on Washington.

MSNBC will stream “The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington” on Saturday, June 20, from 10am to 12:30pm EST on and the MSNBC Youtube Channel.

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