View the map below to get a look at the 18 cities that The Poverty Tour visited. And for more information about each location, click ‘List.’
Photography courtesy of Earl Gibson III
I wish you the tour was coming to Charleston or Columbia SC! Please add a date to one of these cities!
Minneapolis would love to have Mr. Smiley and Mr. West in our city as part of the poverty tour. How can we make this happen?
I honestly do not think that there is enough that 2 people can do. There is so much poverty, more jobs need to be created and the economy needs to be continually helped.
Its a crying shame I thought this was america not a third world country no one seem to care about the homeless an all the hungry children its terrible but the rich is getting richer
I have always had a great deal of admiration for both Mr. Smiley and Dr. West. Seeing them interviewed the other night by Phil Donahue was a real treat. I definitely will be reading their book and hope they can find time in their busy schedules to speak in the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future.
We moved to Chattanooga, TN two years ago and have been impressed by the city’s willingness to re-invent itself by eliminating pollution, redesigning the waterfront, actively recruiting businesses, fostering the arts, improving public education and focusing on meaningful growth. Meanwhile, the defined areas of poverty struggle with segregated, failing schools, inadequate housing, food and economic deserts and all of the other depressed conditions of poverty. As a small city with several established home-grown foundations, I believe, we could erode and eradicate poverty here. Let’s experiment and try new things: mandatory daycare/pre-school for 1,2, 3 and 4 yr. olds, connect juvenile justice with parental responsibility, engage youth (all 14 – 18 yr. olds) need to become involved with de-construction and construction within their city, etc, etc. Would the two of you consider a visit to Chattanooga???
I just finished a humanitarian tour with the US army to provide medical care to the area of Marks Mississippi. It was eye opening. many doctors in the country will not practice in these small sparsely populated areas. they leave for the bigger cities. we provided medical care to people who had no access to an eye doctor or a dentist for decades. most of them had no health coverage at all. the availability of healthy food was almost next to none and was priced beyond the limits of the general population. I was told by the residents that the father south you travel, the worse the poverty becomes. I have come to see that most Americans think that poverty only exist in large inner city areas. I can factually state that it is much more wide spread and affects all of us
I found this to be a very thought provoking interview. Thank you to both Tavis and Jill for exploring difficult questions. That took guts.
I am an instant fan of Marcus Roberts!
This is a very timely subject, and the program was excellent.