Poverty Reduction Resources

Research and evaluation leads to better information that directs your work and efforts….

 

The Black Belt Action Network and our own affiliates networks publishes work from its own research that informs how individuals, families, and communities build, increase capacity, educate, and improve lives. By lifting and highlighting what works, we hope that the research, evaluation and presentations shared will lead you to better information that would produce evidence for policy-makers, practitioners in the field and families within the home can use.

 

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Dismantling Persistent Poverty In The Southeastern United States

Our study concludes that there is indeed a Southeast Region with persistent poverty over three census periods–and it is the poorest of all regions of the country.

 

Dismantling Persistent Poverty in Georgia: Breaking the Cycle

It's A Matter of Wealth: dismantling Persistent Poverty in the Southeastern United States 

Attending to Place, Race, and Community: Trans-Local Partnering Between Scholars and Activists In Central Appalachia and The Black Belt South

Tuskegee wrote its own report "Persistent Poverty in the South: A Community-Based. Perspective: Community-Based. Solutions, 2003." In its report ...

The Black Belt Rural Development Initiative - IIIS - International
by T. THOMAS

 ‎Related articlesTuskegee University, and community-based organizations has been working to develop an organization modeled after a federal commission to address persistent poverty in the Black ...

Race Matters Tool Kit

This Toolkit is designed to help you – the organizationaldecision-maker, the advocate, the elected official — getbetter results in your work. You wouldn’t be reading this ifyou didn’t care about opportunities for all.

Finding Out What Works

Building knowledge about complex, community-based initiatives

Since 1997, there has been a growing interest in the United Kingdom in reducing healthinequalities, regenerating disadvantaged neighbourhoods and ending cycles of social exclusion. 

The Faces of Poverty in the Black Belt Region

In the Shadows of Poverty “Strengthening the Rural Poverty Research Capacity of the South”

Memphis, TN

July 21, 2003

Sokoya Finch, ED, Florida Family Network, Inc.

Globalization and Racism: A Black Belt Region Education Perspective

...Tuskegee University. Globalization is the process of ... In persistently poor counties the overall poverty rates result primarily from low income among blacks ...

Community-University Partnerships for Change in the Black Belt South

by Rosalind. Harris

This article explores issues related to community-university partnerships by examining the unfolding of the Black Belt Initiative, a 21st century mobilization within the Black Belt South to establish a Black Belt Regional Commission.

Black Power in the Alabama Black Belt to the 1970s

by Veronica L. Womack

Veronica L. Womack argues that white land control, an impoverished working class, and violent race relations resulted in a distinctive form of Black Power in Alabama. African Americans purchased land despite this, but Alabama still had the second lowest rate of black landownership among black farmers....

Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction

Debra Reid and Evan Bennett

Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule focuses on America's most-forgotten farmers: black families that cast their lot on their own land and depended on their own labor in a nation that doubted their right to control either.

Asset Building in the South: Organizations and Services

The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC) is a partnership between Tuskegee University, Center for Social Development, Alabama Arise/Citizens’ Policy Project, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Florida Family Network, and Florida A&M University.

Building a Coalition in the Black Belt States for an Inclusive Asset-Building Policy and Program Agenda: Focus on Victims of Katrina, Rita, and other Recent Hurricanes and Black-Owned Landloss

CSD is collaborating with faculty and staff at the G. W. Carver Agricultural Experiment Station at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama to develop state and regional asset-building coalitions in the southern Black Belt region.

Research Brief: The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Survey

Gunn, G., & Heffern, J. (2009)

Building a Coalition in the Black Belt States for an Inclusive Asset-Building Policy and Program Agenda: Focus on Victims of Katrina, Rita, and other Recent Hurricanes and Black-Owned Landloss

Policy Brief: State-Level Asset-Building Coalitions: Origins, Operations, and Achievements

Warren, N., & Gunn, G. (2009)

Asset-building policies in the United States have existed for well over a century, but scholarship conducted during the last 20 years (e.g. Sherraden, 1991) has demonstrated that people in low- to moderate-income tiers essentially do not benefit from these policies.

Confronting and Closing the Wealth Gap

Joint Center for Politicial and Economic Studies

Warren, N., & Gunn, G. (2009)

This policy initiative responds to the research conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in a two-part analysis, Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color,....

Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 1

Wilhelmina A. Leigh, Ph.D.Lauren M. Ross, Anna L. Wheatley & Danielle Huff

This report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents findings from the first year of an initiative to assess what works to enable low-income communities of color build assets. 

Asset Building in Low-Income Communities of Color, Part 2

Wilhelmina A. Leigh, Ph.D & .Anna L. Wheatley

This report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents findings from the second year of an initiative to assess what works to enable low-income communities of color to build assets. It highlights predisposing factors and promising practices in 10 states that received low rankings on asset building for low-income people in the 2007-2008 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. The...

Rural Poverty Research Symposium December 2 & 3, 2013

Dr. Veronica Womack

Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration Director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and Special Advisor to the President

Analysis of Farm Bill Policy 

Priorities and the 2012 House and 

Senate Farm Bills

The Southern Regional Asset-Building Coalition (SRABC) Project is a partnership 

among state coalitions in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi dedicated to 

developing and advocating for policies and programs that support low-income families 

and sustain communities across the southern region. 

ASSET BUILDING

Explaining the Racial/Ethnic Wealth Gap

January 2010

Dr. Wilhelmina A. Leigh, Ph.D. & Anna L. Wheatley

The racial/ethnic wealth gap in this country is both huge and persistent. The ratio between the median net worth of white households and African American households is nearly 7:1, while the white-Hispanic ratio is nearly 5:1

Solvency and adequacy for the Social Security System: Perspectives of African Americans And White Americans

Wilhelmina a. leigh, Ph.D. & Melissa R. Wells

The Social Security system provides a lifeline of benefits to workers and their dependents in the event of retirement, disability, and death. Without changes to the current system, however, the Trustees of the system project its insolvency within the coming 75 years.

Confidence About Financial Security at Retirement: Perspectives of African Americans and White Americans

July, 2013

Wilhelmina A. Leigh​, Ph.D. & Melissa R. Wells

Presentation is based on findings from the 2012 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies National Opinion Poll about Social Security and retirement financial security.

Confidence About Financial Security at Retirement: Perspectives of African Americans and White Americans

July, 2013

Wilhelmina A. Leigh​, Ph.D. & Melissa R. Wells

Financial security during retirement is a goal of all workers. Confidence in being able to achieve this goal, however, varies among adults in the United States. For example, African Americans view their prospects for a financially secure retirement less favorably than do white Americans. 

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