ATD Fourth World works to overcome the injustices of persistent poverty and social exclusion by bringing together people from all walks of life, learning from people who face poverty every day, and running family and community projects.

Persistent poverty can be eradicated. It can be done by working in partnership with people living in poverty.  We work on the grassroots level in over 34 countries and in six areas of the US, and maintain consultative status at the United Nations, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the ILO.

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.” – Joseph Wresinski

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This February we’ve been asking folks to share what Black History Month means to them, and how it relates to their family or their community. We’ll be sharing the messages throughout the month. This first one comes from Jean Stallings in New York:

“This book has been in my family for nearly 100 years and represents a time when education was not available to all children. It was my uncle who was longing to read and who was given this by a white person on the land where he picked cotton as a boy. He was never able to attend school because he was placed in the fields to help work for his family’s wages. My mother remembers all her brothers sharing this book to look at the pictures and to learn. My uncle wrote his name throughout the pages: Willie Moses Bates. It was his way of practicing his writing…”


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