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Assessing 'King's Prescription for Poverty'

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Assessing 'King's Prescription for Poverty'

Assessing 'King's Prescription for Poverty'

Assessing 'King's Prescription for Poverty'

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This week, we are observing the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Farai Chideya talks with economist Bill Spriggs about King's hard-fought plans for economic justice and how black America has fared since 1968.

Spriggs' recent policy brief, "Beyond the Mountaintop: King's Prescription for Poverty," challenges America to take up Dr. King's vision of economic justice.

We also hear from Chanelle Clark, a Houston city worker and a member of the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE).

Plus, Spriggs weighs in on the announced resignation of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson.

Spriggs is a professor and chair of the economics department at Howard University.