Nation: Challenging the Pharaoh

Affluent America will have ample opportunity during the next few weeks to weigh the extensive—perhaps explosive —demands of the black poor. Last week, stepping out from shantytowns and slums throughout the nation, more than 1,200 marchers of the Poor People's Campaign began the trek toward Washington. Some were weathered field hands who had never before left the cotton-blown bottoms; others were rambunctious teen-agers splitting from a desperate scene. "The cause this march represents is alarmingly real," wrote Atlanta Constitution Editor Eugene Patterson. "Before any white man passes judgment on it, he ought to understand what he is judging."

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