The income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary for CEOs on the S&P 500 was more than $1 million—climbing to more than $11 million when all forms of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African Americans is just more than $32,000. How can some be so rich while others are so poor?
In his provocative new book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.
Copies of So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America (The New Press) will be available for purchase at the event.
Linda Wertheimer, Senior National Correspondent, National Public Radio
LaShawn Warren, Vice President of Policy Development and Programming, American Constitution Society