11 Days of Global Unity: Economic Justice

Broadcast on September 14, 2016
With Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley and Host Rick Ulfik will discuss how unprecedented Rising Inequality in the US and around the world is threatening many aspects of our society including our democracy. Tavis will talk about why our society allows poverty to continue. And we will examine solutions including the role played by movements, the role of the Media, and what each of us can do in our lives.

Listeners will learn about:

  • The Triple Threat facing our Democracy
  • The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • How Tavis Smiley was inspired at a young age
  • What WE can all do for a better society

Tavis Smiley

Broadcaster, Author, Publisher, Advocate and Philanthropist

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI). Smiley has written 19 books. His memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, became a New York Times Bestseller, and the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times Bestseller’s list. In the New York Times Bestseller, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, Smiley and his co-author Dr. Cornel West challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America — what it really is and how to eradicate it.

His most recent text is My Journey with Maya, a remarkable story of friendship, love and courage.  In this book, Smiley shares personal memories of his twenty-eight year friendship with Maya Angelou, one of history’s most fascinating women. My Journey With Maya is being adapted as a stage play by Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, and Smiley's 2014 New York Times Bestseller, Death of a King: The Real Story of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Year, is being produced as a television series special by Emmy-winner J.J. Abrams in partnership with Warner Brothers. The nonprofit Tavis Smiley Foundation is in the midst of a $3 million four-year campaign called ENDING POVERTY: America’s Silent Spaces to alleviate endemic poverty in America. TIME magazine has cited Smiley as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People,” and Mr. Smiley has been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.