Here is a press release about a very interesting talk that is going to be held at the YWCA on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 pm.
To right these wrongs: anti-poverty torch-bearers come to Asheville
Bob Korstad and Jim Leloudis, professors at UNC and Duke, have been studying the legacy of Governor Terry Sanford, whose North Carolina Fund pioneered grass roots anti-poverty programs in the early 1960s. Authors of a new book, To Right These Wrongs, Korstad and Leloudis will speak at the YWCA, 185 South French Broad Ave., Asheville, 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 1.
Sanford’s program had bypassed the state legislature and set up a separate agency, under the direction of George Esser. Funding came from the Ford, Z. Smith Reynolds, and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundations. It extended to eleven regions, including Buncombe County, Macon County, and WAMY (Watauga-Avery-Mitchell-Yancey).
The N.C. Fund’s unique feature was that it worked with community organizers to place underprivileged and disenfranchised people who were being served on the decision-making bodies that affected them. Korstad notes that, in the case of African American communities, those that had a stake in the process did not riot after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Korstad and Leloudis chronicle the progress that the N.C. Fund had made as well as the backlash and the legacy that ensued. The authors are part of the legacy for they have established a project called “The Moral Challenges of Poverty and Inequality,” funded primarily by Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics.
The program is free of charge. For more information, call 254-7206. Also, visit www.torightthesewrongs.com.