On August 28, the group formerly known as Economics for Activists will discuss Dr. Martin Luther King’s classic 1967 work, Where Do We Go from Here. The book was written after the Selma Voting Rights victory, at a crossroads in the Civil Rights Movement. Confronted with intransigent brutality and resistance, one section of the movement evolved into what became known as the Black Power Movement. The section led by King shortly embarked on the Poor Peoples Campaign, an ambitious plan to bring tens of thousands of low-income people of all colors to shut down the government in Washington, DC in support of housing, health care, jobs, and education. The government assassinated King before the campaign could be carried out, but Where Do We Go from Here lays out the thinking that led to it and that remains especially relevant today, when a massive, non-violent movement of the poor to shut down the government is needed more than ever.
The Beacon Press edition printed in 2010 is 214 pages. Key excerpts are available in the volume of King’s selected works A Testament of Hope. Feel free to attend even if you can only complete two or three chapters. The point is to not to have an academic discussion, but to have people talk about how to apply its basic principles.
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