Letter: King's fight for the poor

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MARTIN LUTHER KING was not in Memphis in April 1968 to support "black sanitation workers" (report, 4 April). In fact, he was there as part of the Poor People's Campaign of 1968, publicising the plight of all low-paid workers and other people in poverty.

He was killed at a time of great creativity in his life, a time when he was realising that the root of the problems facing America lay not in the denial of legal rights to black people, but in the growing division between rich and poor. He was also just beginning a campaign against the Vietnam war.


Burry Port, Dyfed