EPI and Century Foundation present a discussion of Sharkey and Jargowsky’s work on neighborhoods with concentrated poverty with Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Sherrilyn Ifill of LDF
When: April 10 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: 1333 H. Street, NW, STE #300 East Tower, Washington D.C. - Paul Wellstone Room
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute
Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology, New York University and author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality.
Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University and author of Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium and Century Foundation fellow
Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent at The Atlantic, author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
In 1987, William Julius Wilson transformed urban sociology by showing that when urban jobs disappeared, “truly disadvantaged” children growing up in concentrated poverty had little chance to overcome obstacles to their success. Now, a quarter century later, two social scientists have shown that these obstacles are even more serious than Wilson could know. Patrick Sharkey, in his 2013 book Stuck in Place, found that for African Americans in particular, there is little mobility out of truly disadvantaged neighborhoods – if parents grew up in high poverty neighborhoods, their children are likely to have the same debilitating experience. Paul Jargowsky, in his Century Foundation report, Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, has found that more African American children than ever before are living in high-poverty neighborhoods.