Pinback button issued to promote the Poor People's Campaign and March on Washington, 1968. Laurance Henry, with stated 1968 copyright.
In 1967, Dr. King sought to widen the focus of the Civil Rights Movement by forming a coalition of the poor of all races that would tackle poverty and unemployment, which King believed underlied racism. While engaged in plans for a Poor People's March on Washington in the spring of 1968, he took a detour to Memphis, where he spoke in support of a strike by that city's sanitation workers. On April 4 he was killed by a sniper while standing on the balcony of the motel where he and his associates were staying. Leadership of the march passed to King's trusted colleague, Ralph Abernathy, pictured on this button issued shortly after King's death. Frequently found with moisture damage, this example is mint.