Nov 03

The War on Poverty at 50


The nation picks and chooses what histories will be publicly heralded and which will be pushed aside. While huge celebrations commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty barely gathered a mention. The fact that the War on Poverty did succeed for a time in lowering US poverty and giving communities new resources to organize for themselves

is not publicly remembered, nor are the ways it was maligned and reversed through mass incarceration and race-based attacks on public assistance.

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies will mark 50 years after the War on Poverty and how we ended up with such high poverty rates again in the US today. Join us for an urgent conversation with Elizabeth Hinton, Alejandra Marchevsky and Crystal Sanders as we look at the key changes the War on Poverty wrought in access to early education, food, and public assistance -- and the ways it was dismantled with the War on Drugs and welfare reform.


  • Elizabeth Hinton

    Harvard University
  • Alejandra Marchevsky

    California State University, Los Angeles

    Alejandra Marchevsky is professor of Liberal Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and affiliate faculty in Latin American Studies, at California State University, Los Angeles. Her work focuses on Latina/os, migration, and the state, and she is co-author of Not Working: Latina Immigrants, Low-Wage Jobs, and the Failure of Welfare Reform. She also serves on the executive board of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA).

  • Crystal Sanders

    Pennsylvania State University



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