Poor People’s Campaign to register voters on 20-state tour
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People’s Campaign will begin touring more than 20 states later this month to help residents of disenfranchised communities register to vote.
The co-chair of the campaign said Monday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., that the tour begins Sept. 16 in El Paso, Texas, and will culminate on June 20 with an assembly in Washington.
Campaign director the Rev. William Barber says the tour is called MORE: Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, Educating. It will build on a multistate anti-poverty tour that began in February and ended with the People’s Moral Action Congress in Washington.
The original Poor People’s Campaign was established by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in December 1967, four months before he was assassinated.