"WE will not abandon this place," cried the Rev. Ralph Abernathy in Resurrection City, the 15-acre Washington campground staked out by the Poor People's Campaign. But at least one-third of an estimated 3,000 residents pulled out of it as more than two inches of rain fell during one 30-hour period, blanketing the once-grassy meadow with a six-inch impasto of mud. Abernathy himself spent his nights elsewhere until a band of Negro militants invaded his hotel. Though they were turned back by staff members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Abernathy, chagrined, moved into the camp. But he plainly felt...

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