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Poverty Tour

Smiley's Poverty Tour Extends to the 'School-to-Prison Pipeline'

Byron Williams | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Byron Williams

The link that Smiley draws between education, or lack thereof, and poverty is undeniable. The underlying question that Smiley's work raises: How can school reform be addressed in any meaningful way without addressing poverty?

'Poverty Tour 2.0' Kicks Off In Cleveland

Posted 09.26.2012 | Impact

Famed public radio hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are taking their show on the road to help fight poverty nationwide. U.S. poverty rates are s...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Poverty Isn't A Racial Issue, It's An American Disaster | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 09.05.2012 | Black Voices

More than one-fourth of African Americans are living in poverty today. As devastating as that figure is, particularly for the 42 million Americans who...

Cornel West and Tavis Smiley Rightfully Scare Us

Ben Mangan | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Ben Mangan

The heart of Smiley and West's message is simple and profound: the United States is far more economically divided than most people want to acknowledge,and this chasm will destroy our nation.

The "Less Talk... More Action" Empowerment Tour Comes to Detroit

Ryan Mack | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Ryan Mack

I want to personally thank Dr. West and Tavis Smiley for bringing their "Poverty Tour" to my hometown of Detroit, Mich. in the first week of August 20...

Don't Kill the Messengers. Listen to the Message of Professor Cornel West and Tavis Smiley

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

We, or the White House, may not like the tone, content, or the intensity of his "singing," but Dr. Cornel West is an invaluable "canary." His warning advice and comments should not be ignored.

In Defense of Tavis and Cornel

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

Who can reasonably argue against greater governmental action on poverty or leveling the economic playing field for all Americans? Who really believes it is a bad idea to call attention to the millions of people now living near or below the poverty line?