“I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out . . . This is the way I’m going.”
—The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Poor People’s Campaign” is a national movement inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that challenges the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Tens of thousands of people are reviving Dr. King’s original Poor People’s Campaign for our current era with leadership from the Rev. William J. Barber II of “Repairers of the Breach” and the “Moral Mondays” movement and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of the “Kairos Center.”
More information, including policy demands and a nationwide audit titled The Souls of Poor Folk, can be found at poorpeoplescampaign.org.
Episcopalians Join the Campaign
Washington National Cathedral is following the lead of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church. The issues of poverty and justice still severely affect our brothers and sisters, and the Episcopal Church is called into a ministry of Gospel-based engagement and advocacy with our partners in the Poor People’s Campaign.
Bishop Curry calls on the church to mobilize the values of the “Jesus Movement” to fight poverty, racism, sexism and to support economic justice for all. For more information on detailed, official Episcopal Church policies that intersect with the Poor People’s Campaign and A.C.T. to End Racism platforms, visit the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations.
Mark your calendars and join us at the Cathedral and in DC:
Monday Actions: May 14–June 23
Each week during The 40 Days of Action, members of the Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington will participate in actions near the Capitol along with hundreds of other Washingtonians. Actions focus on different themes and take place Mondays (with the exception of Tuesday, May 29, due to the Memorial Day holiday). We hope at least 20 Episcopalians will commit to representing us every week. Sign up below and to view details on themes—many are also represented through Cathedral ministries.
Wednesday, May 30: “A National Call for Moral Revival: Why now? Why us?”
Join the Rev. Dr. William Barber, leader of the Poor People’s Campaign and architect of the Moral Mondays Movement; the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation for the Episcopal Church; and the Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin, Canon Missioner of the National Cathedral, for an online webinar to probe public ethics, community values and the church.
Explore what it means for the Episcopal Church to partner with the poor, and the role of public engagement in civic and spiritual life today.
Join the one-hour webinar at 7:30 p.m. EDT here.
Sunday, June 3: The Rev. William J. Barber II Preaches and Leads Forum with the Rev. Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.
The Cathedral welcomes the Rev. Barber to preach and speak at a forum following the 11:15 service. Passes are not required. Watch it live online.
Saturday, June 23: Final Rally
The 40 Days of Action’s culminating event will be a rally with thousands of others from across the country joining the call and commitment to enacting change on a national level. Sign up using the Monday Actions form to stay informed on rally details:
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Volunteer to help coordinate with the Diocese of Washington: email Michelle Dibblee for information.
- Stay informed about other activities in DC related to the campaign, such as political education, artbuilds and more. Sign up here to to learn more.