January is Poverty Awareness Month

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke prophetically about eliminating injustice for people who live in poverty and who face prejudice and discrimination. He recognized the need to transform the social structures that enable injustice:
“We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring”

“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered April 4, 1967

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