The Southern Christian Leadership Conference renewed a poverty campaign initiated by Dr. Martin Luther King Saturday with a march to the Mississippi State Capitol and a vow to fight for the poor in Washington.
The SCLC, co-founded by King in 1957, had hoped to mobilize 50,000 people. But fewer than 1,000 showed up Saturday for the 1-mile march through a tough neighborhood near downtown Jackson to the steps of the state Capitol.
The event was first envisioned by King, who was planning a Poor People's Campaign and march on Washington before he was assasinated in 1968.
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