In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. started the Poor People’s Campaign as a social movement to end poverty. Today nearly 35 million Americans are still living in poverty, despite the country’s collective wealth.
On this episode of "The Radical Imagination;" host Jim Vrettos, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice sits down with the Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis and Willie Baptist, of the Kairos Center, to discuss strategies for building a new Poor People’s Campaign and eliminating poverty.
The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Founder and Co-Director of the Kairos Center the Coordinator of the Poverty Initiative.
Willie Baptist is a formerly homeless father of three who came out of the Watts uprisings and the Black Student Movement. He serves as the Poverty Initiative Scholar-in-Residence and Co-Coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development for the Kairos Center.
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This episode premiered on Sunday, January 24, 2016.