Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson issued his call for a "war on poverty," numerous innovative poverty-fighting programs have sprouted.
Lyndon B. Johnson
I've been in a lot of public demonstrations in my life, but my very first was in support of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. It was a large rally in downtown Pittsburgh, where I was teaching at the time.
And I actually remember the speech President Johnson gave announcing the War on Poverty in 1964. I cheered his words, and Congress at the time applauded loudly. But I have to wonder how our Congress today would react to those same words. A few cheers, perhaps, but many would be stone-cold silent.
Young Voices: I guess you can say we are still waiting for the coming of Christ, even when we have experiences of hope in the limited experiences we have now.