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Durham County Library Hosts Program on Dr. King’s Poor People’s March

Program: Meet the Author: Dr. Gordon R. Mantler
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: In preparation for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Durham County Library will host Dr. Gordon R. Mantler for a presentation and discussion of his book, Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St. A book signing will follow the reading.

The Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 has long been overshadowed by the assassination of its architect, Dr. King, and the political turmoil of that year. In a major reinterpretation of civil rights and Chicano movement history, Mantler demonstrates how King’s unfinished crusade became the era’s most high-profile attempt at multiracial collaboration. Mantler draws on oral histories, archives, periodicals and FBI surveillance files to paint a rich portrait of the campaign.

Dr. Mantler is a civil rights historian and Assistant Professor of Writing at George Washington University.

This program is sponsored Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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