Matthew Desmond’s experiences growing up in poverty prompted him to take a stand as a poverty abolitionist. The Lowell Humanity Series hosted a lecture on Wednesday titled, “Poverty, By America.” Desmond, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, said watching his family get evicted from their home motivated him to ask why the United States deals with poverty in the way it does.
“Capitalism is a system that is absolutely susceptible to grave injustice,” Sachs said.
Matthew Desmond, a New York Times bestselling author, told BC students Wednesday that he hopes they will come to hate poverty as he does.
Professor Sandy Jencks discussed how poverty became an increasingly important issue to U.S. presidents beginning in 1962.
As an adult, Gerry Straub worked in the filmmaking industry. He became the network producer for General Hospital, and began working with many celebrities. Despite his career success, though, he said that he still felt that something was missing in his life.