In this letter asking for support for the Poor People's Campaign, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote:
"We cannot condone either violence or the equivalent evil of passivity.
We intend, before the summer comes, to initate a 'last chance' project to arouse the American conscience toward constructive democratic change.
We intend to channelize the smoldering rage of the Negro and white poor in an effective miltiant movement in Washington and elsewhere. A pilgrimage of the poor will gather in Washington from the slums and rural starvation regions of the nation. We will go there, will demand to be heard, and we will stay until America responds."