The #STOPPOVERTY Summit is an event that honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by highlighting his work in organizing the Poor Peoples Campaign. The event will take place at Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Jan. 16, and it will include guest speakers, interactive dialogue, and information on successful strategies in the reduction of poverty.
Locally and nationally, poverty remains a persistent foe to the well-being of children and families. In New Orleans, many people had high hopes that the flood of dollars after Katrina would finally end the nightmare of poverty. But those hopes have not been realized.What are the solutions to stopping poverty? What will it take to implement them fully? At the time of his assassination, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on the Poor Peoples Campaign. This year, as we celebrate his legacy, let us also take deliberate steps to continue his work which is still our unfinished business.On Saturday, January 16 from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon, the Sixth Baptist Church, located at 928 Felicity Street, will host the #STOPPOVERTY SUMMIT. The Summit will highlight the work of the Poor Peoples Campaign of 1968, including the Economic Bill of Rights which was developed as part of the Campaign, and it will direct attention to current efforts known to be successful in fighting poverty.Guest speakers include Rev. Jay Augustine, J.D., pastor of Historic St. James AME church; Ms. Thelma French, President/CEO of Total Community Action, Mr. Jacques Morial, Councilman Jared Brossett, and host pastor, Rev. Torin T. Sanders, Ph.D.