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Dale G. Caldwell
Middle Class Movement

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., months before his assassination, led the planning of the “Poor People’s Campaign” to reduce global poverty. After his murder, Rev. Ralph Abernathy led the Poor People’s Campaign protest that drew tens of thousands of supporters to Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the movement started and ended in 1968. The Middle Class Movement was founded by Dale G. Caldwell in 2014 to pick-up where the Poor People’s Campaign ended.

As the son of a Civil Rights leader who knew and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dale has felt a calling to spend his life trying to help the less fortunate in society. He founded the Middle Class Movement (MCM) to influence others to join in the fight to eliminate financial and educational poverty in the world. Since its founding, the MCM has grown rapidly. It is being led by hundreds of outstanding volunteers in the public, private and non-profit sectors around the world.

The mission of the Middle Class Movement is to reduce financial and educational poverty by measuring it and promoting job and literacy programs throughout the world. The MCM family is meeting its mission by doing the following three things:

  • 1

    Using social media to develop a following that focuses the world’s attention on the health of the middle class and the importance of independent businesses to improving the quality of life around the world.

  • 2

    Using the Living Wage Index (LWI), Reading Level Index (RLI) and Free Market Index (FMI) to measure the growth or contraction of the middle class and local business in as many municipalities around the world as possible.

  • 3

    Providing financial support to organizations focused on increasing employment and/or reading levels in local communities.

The press conference discussing a 1965 march
Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell (Dale’s Dad), Ralph Abernathy (Leader of the Poor People’s Campaign) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Leader of the Civil Rights Movement and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) holding a press conference discussing a 1965 march to integrate the Boston Public Schools
The Official Poster of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968
The Official Poster of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968

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