Firsthand: Living in Poverty

January 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm Central


In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took up a new cause – the “Poor People’s Campaign,” an interracial grassroots movement demanding economic security “and a determination by poor people of all colors and backgrounds to assert and win their right to a decent life and respect for their culture and dignity.”

To mark MLK Day 2021 and Poverty Awareness Month, Chicago’s public broadcasting station WTTW invites you to preview its new documentary series, FIRSTHAND: Living in Poverty, and join an intimate conversation about the increasingly urgent crisis of poverty in our city and state.

Watch highlights from the documentary series and join in the discussion moderated by WTTW executive producer Dan Protess. The conversation will feature representatives from Chicago-based organizations focused on poverty alleviation, including Shriver Center President & CEO Audra Wilson, along with documentary subject Melissa Fonseca.

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