A few years ago, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornell West took to the streets in what they called the Poverty Tour. It was meant to highlight poverty in the US and offer up solutions to the ever growing problems that we as a nation face today.
The tour met with mixed reviews but it did spawn a book co-written by Smiley and West entitled The Rich and The Rest of US, A Poverty Manifesto. In their book they introduce 12 ideas that are said to be able to change the readers assumptions about poverty in the US and show them how to eliminate it altogether. As of today, Smiley and West have embarked on what has been dubbed, The Poverty Tour 2.0 to get the word out on this issue which they want to be viewed as “the defining civil rights struggle of the 21st Century.”
Along with a book tour that just wound down, Tavis and Cornell will be making four stops in key battleground states (PA, FL, OH, VA) to hoist their agenda into the spotlight for this election season. Because of their national recognition, this issue will get coverage on major networks. But it will make people rethink the American dream and where this country is headed if we don’t do anything about the 46 million Americans in poverty and the 150 million Americans that hover close to the poverty line year in and year out.
For more information on Smiley and West’s Poverty Tour 2.0 go to povertytour.smileyandwest.com