North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC asked listeners to write and call in with responses to our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. We received more than 150 e-mail and voice-mail messages. North Carolina Voices Project Director Emily Hanford reports on what listeners had to say.
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In the past 15 years the Latino population in North Carolina grew faster than in any other state. Many are children who came to the United States undocumented. These children have grown up here and are now ready to graduate from high school. But while North Carolina law allowed them a high school education it won’t make them eligible for in state tuition. That distinction may keep them perpetually poor. As part of our series North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty Paul Cuadros has the story of one of these kids on the threshold of an uncertain future. We’ll call him Luis.
Donna Latimer grew up in eastern North Carolina in the 1960s. Her grandfather was a sharecropper. She spent her childhood on the farm picking peanuts and tobacco. Today she helps low income women with job training and encourages them to speak out about the needs of their communities. Latimer describes herself as a woman who overcame the odds but is still only one paycheck away from poverty. Emily Hanford has Donna Latimer’s story as part of our series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.”
The exodus of manufacturing jobs brought out a hidden problem in many North Carolina communities: a lot of workers never learned to read or write well. Now they are facing a fact they left behind at school: To make a living wage, they need to read. Michelle Johnson reports for our series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.”
Chris Rowland is an artist and poet who lives in Raleigh. Rowland is more often recognized by his adopted name, Langston Fuze. He is a fixture in the local spoken word community and, although it was not his intention, he now makes his living from his art. Intelligent, educated and outspoken, Rowland is hardly the face that many people see when they think of poverty. Paul Overton reports for our series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty.”