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Poverty in America to be the focus of next CNN Dialogues event April 18

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Beverly Clark, Emory
Jennifer Dargan, CNN

CNNMoney anchor Poppy Harlow will moderate forum at Atlanta's Rialto Center

In the years since Michael Harrington's seminal work, "The Other America" (1962), perhaps no issue has proven more complex, destructive and intractable than poverty in America. The social and economic inequities associated with enduring poverty have also been persistent for the city of Atlanta. 

The decades-long debate over the efforts to alleviate poverty will be the focus of "Today's Other America: Poverty in America," a CNN Dialogues event to be held at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth Street, NW) on Wednesday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CNNMoney anchor and business correspondent Poppy Harlow will moderate the forum.  Harlow is based in New York and anchors much of CNNMoney's video coverage of global business events, business news updates, and interviews with compelling personalities from the world of finance. 

The panelists for this event include the most experienced experts on the subject of poverty and the challenges intractable poverty presents for communities in Atlanta – and around the nation:

Donna Beegle, author and founder of the communities consulting firm, Communication Across Barriers;

Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of the urban home development investment firm, CityView and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Clinton Administration);

Renee Glover, chief executive officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority, which is tasked with developing, leasing and operating affordable housing and community development for nearly 50,000 people;

Michael Rich, director of Emory University's Office of University-Community Partnerships and associate professor of political science and environmental studies; and,

Robert Woodson, president and founder of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, a faith-based, community revitalization organization.

Admission for this program is free, but pre-registration is required for entrance to the event at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Tickets may be reserved by visiting For more information, call the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at 404-727-2515, or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights at 404-991-6988.  

About CNN Dialogues

CNN Dialogues represents a partnership between CNN, Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for a series of community discussions on major topics shaping our times, led by leading thinkers of the day.  The planning committee for CNN Dialogues includes writer Pearl Cleage, Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, president and trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Penelope McPhee, vice president for communications and marketing for Emory University Ron Sauder, executive vice president and director of programming for Atlanta's World Affairs Council Cedric Suzman, president and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tisha Tallman, and Eric Tanenblatt of the Atlanta-based law firm of McKenna, Long, and Aldrich. 

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