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50th anniversary of MLK's Resurrection City starts in DC

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The National Park Service will mark the 50th anniversary of Resurrection City's beginning Saturday by symbolically reconstructing the historic tent city first conceived by Martin Luther King, Jr., according to the NPS' website.

"Envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be 'as dislocative,' as disruptive, as attention-getting as the riots without destroying property,' and carried out by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after his death, the multiethnic, live-demonstration mobilized nearly 3,000 people from across the country to protest poverty," the event's description says.

"Living in 8-foot-by-20-foot tents that became a national symbol of the movement and occupying the area south of Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool from May 13 - June 23, 1968, participants lobbied government agencies demanding access to employment opportunities, liveable wages, affordable housing and more," it adds.

The NPS website adds "Rangers will be on hand to discuss Resurrection City and help visitors 'reconstruct' the city by marking out the location for their own 'tents' using stakes and flagging tape" during Saturday's event.

"Temporary exhibits will be on site throughout the anniversary period to explain the history and significance of the 43-day demonstration," it states.

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King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 after becoming a major leader in America's civil rights and anti-poverty movements.

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