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The Washington Research Project

Though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy were assassinated before the launch of the Poor People's Campaign in 1968, Miss Wright followed up on their recommendations and helped form the Washington Research Project (WRP), a nonprofit organization that monitored federal programs for low-income families.

WRP helped make hunger a national concern. WRP made policy recommendations for federal government action and helped expand federal nutrition programs that today serve millions of children and families.

The Project examined federal audit reports and exposed school districts misusing funds provided by Title I (Aid to Disadvantaged Children) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in Title I: Is It Helping Poor Children?

WRP also led a coalition that defeated the nomination of segregationist Harold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Washington Research Project was the parent body for the Children's Defense Fund, which Marian Wright Edelman founded in 1973.