One in three children live in poverty in this state according to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. That's compared to 1 in 5 children nationally. Thursday night at Jackson State University child advocates met to discuss how children are impacted by a life of poverty.
According to speakers almost 49 percent of African American children in Mississippi are poor, or live on an income of 20 thousand dollars a year or less for a family of four. They say the problem is getting worse and impacts education, economic development and hope for the future.
"The last census data indicates that we're having more and more children actually, more children than in any time in our history in poverty. And more families are sinking into the level of poverty every day," said Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, Director of the Children's Defense Fund's Southern Regional Office.
The discussion on poverty was part of the Medgar Evers, Ella Baker Civil Rights lecture series with the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute at Jackson State.
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