The Poverty Initiative’s mission is to raise up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty, led by the poor.
Economic disparity and poverty are increasing around the globe. By bringing an historical, political and economic perspective to these defining issues of our time, the Poverty Initiative deepens the way that activists, organizers, students, academics, clergy and the poor come together to think critically and act persistently to end poverty. With its rigorous approach to leadership development and its immersive, boundary-crossing, and comprehensive programs, the Poverty Initiative creates the space where leaders can learn to “think as we fight,” learn as we lead,” and “educate as we organize.”
Since its beginning in 2007, the Poverty Initiative’s Poverty Scholars Program has focused on reigniting the Poor People’s Campaign and finishing the unfinished business of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through its Poverty Scholars’ and Fellows Programs, the Poverty Initiative has incubated a network of over 100 Poverty Scholars’ organizations and congregations across the country and around the world. This year, the Poverty initiative is connecting with these leaders, and meeting many more, while on a national book tour for its fourth and most recent publication, Pedagogy of the Poor: Building a Movement to End Poverty (Teacher’s College Press). The tour will visit 18 states in the North East, East Coast, Midwest, South, Gulf Coast, West Coast and Washington D.C.