Thursday, July 27, 2006

Still Hungry in America

In the last post I touched on the difference between poverty in a mid-sized city like Jackson and poverty in the Delta.

Here is a great, two-part, NPR story on Belzoni, Mississippi.

Accompanying article written by Anderson Heston, MTC Class of 2005, here.

You can read my profile of Hollandale, Mississippi, a town 30 miles to the west of Belzoni, here.

The original basis for "Still Hungry in America" was a hearing on poverty in Jackson. Marian Wright challenged Senator Bobby Kennedy to tour the Delta, which he did the next day. Upon returning, he said, "How can a country like this allow it? Maybe they just don't know."

Unfortunately, more than 40 years later, people still don't know...

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