Access to Capital after the Poor People’s Campaign
In this moment, the gap between rich and poor is wider than almost any time since the 1920s. As we mark the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign, we must consider the mixed legacy of one element of their platform, the demand that access to capital be expanded. While access to capital has increased in recent decades, so too has economic inequality.
What does economic security mean in the 21st century? Can the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the financial services industry be forces for economic inclusion? Have the promised benefits of capital accessibility been proven false?
Please join our panel, including experts Nikitra Bailey, Reid Cramer, Damon Gibbons, and Anne Price, and moderated by David Freund, for a discussion of what a platform for economic security might look like today, and what place access to capital has in it.