Pedagogy of the Poor

Pedagogy of The Poor: Building The Movement to End Poverty by Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann

In this book, the authors present a new kind of interdisciplinary pedagogy that brings together antipoverty grassroots activism and relevant social theories about poverty.

Closely linked to the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, this unique book combines the oral history of a renowned antipoverty organizer with accessible introductions to relevant social theories, case studies, in class student debates, and pedagogical reflections. This multilayered approach makes the book useful to both social activists committed to eradicating poverty and educators looking for ways to teach about the struggles for economic and social justice. This book is an essential tool of self-education and leadership development for a broad social movement led by the poor to end poverty.


A New and Unsettling Force BookAugust 2009 A New and Unsettling Force: Reigniting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign

Featuring chapters on the history of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, the role of religion and the Bible, and the importance of Art and Culture in the struggle to end poverty, along with an interview of Bertha Burris (Queen of the Mule Train) and sixteen essays submitted by those from what we call the modern day Sanitation Workers’ struggles.


January 2007 Appalachia: Listening with Our Hearts

Contains fifty-five essays and over one hundred photographs reflecting on issues of race, gender, and poverty in Appalachia and beyond.




January 2006 Katrina: Listening with Our Hearts

Contains over ninety photos and forty essays by students, faculty, and community leaders who traveled for eight days in the Gulf Coast just five months after Hurricane Katrina exposed the deep and pervasive poverty in the United States.




Hope for Children in PovertyHope for Children in Poverty: Profiles and Possibilities, edited by Ronald J. Sider and Heidi Unruh, with a foreword by Marian Wright Edelman. Judson Press 2007

This comprehensive reader does more than just analyze the problems. It takes a giant step forward in exploring real solutions through public policy and faith-based organizations. Read the words of the children themselves in interviews, profiles, and poetry. And learn from those who are already making a difference in the lives of poor and low-income children.

Two chapters were contributed by members of the Poverty Initiative: Children of Working Parents Growing Up in Poverty by Charon Hribar and Paul Chapman and Children Are Not in the Way, They Are the Way by Blair Hyatt, Kristin Nicely Colangelo, and Willie Baptist.

Poverty Initiative

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New York, NY 10027
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