NMAAHC Announces Exhibit Comemorating King’s Legacy, Poor People’s Campaign

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The National Museum of African American History (NMAAHC) and Culture is hosting this special media briefing on its latest exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign” located at the gallery inside the National Museum of American History.

The exhibition media briefing will serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign on 1968. There will also be a brief panel presentation, Q&A session and guided tours of the exhibition.



According to a press release about the exhibit, The City of Hope “explores the construction and dismantling of Resurrection City, the six-week experience living on the National Mall and the legacy of what became known as Dr. King’s final and most ambitious campaign to end poverty in America.”

Media coverage of the King Holiday and his legacy will take place on Jan. 15. Those covering the event will “have a rare opportunity to hear directly from an architect who built Resurrection City, as well as photographers who documented the Poor People’s Campaign.

Information on the event can be found below. 

WHO:    Panelists:

  • Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director, National Museum of African American History and Culture (moderator)
  • Aaron Bryant, curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and faculty director, Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University
  • Marc Morial, president, National Urban League
  • Marc Steiner, founding president and CEO of the Center for Emerging Media, who worked with the Young Patriots Organization to organize Appalachians and poor whites in Chicago

WHAT: City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Exhibition Media Briefing: Commemorating King’s Life, Legacy and Last Campaign to End Poverty

WHEN: Jan. 9, 8:30 a.m.–9 a.m. (continental breakfast), 9 a.m.–10 a.m. (panel, Q&A), 10:15 a.m. (begin interviews, exhibition tours and photo opps)

WHERE: Reception Suite at the National Museum of American History Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Streets NW (use Constitution Ave. entrance)

*This exhibition is NOT located at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Interested media must RSVP here.





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