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Poverty Warriors & “Maximum Feasible Participation of the Poor”
21 Jan 2016
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In this special edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk, Hollis West and Robert Shaffer describe their sometimes controversial, often successful, efforts to develop an anti-poverty program in Knox County, KY in the 1960s and ’70s that put into practice the War on Poverty Program’s call for “maximum feasible participation of the poor.” Their story is followed by a WMMT report from Maxine Kenny on the mining conditions in the 1960s that led eastern Kentucky miners to form the Roving Pickets and the miners’ expectations that they would be full partners in the new War on Poverty’s Office of Economic Opportunity programs.

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