Monday, April 28, 2014

50 Years Later: Renewed Call to End Poverty in Kentucky

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty during a visit to eastern Kentucky.

Fifty years later, hundreds of people attended an event to talk about what's changed since that time.

The event even attracted former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The rally was called, "Dream: Martin County."

Several state, county and city leaders were alongside Huckabee to talk about changing the county for the better.

The overwhelming message was the government can't just pump money and resources into a community and expect it to change.

Speakers said the community must work hard and have faith to truly turn things around.

Many people at the rally agreed. Several also hoped the coal industry could become a major source of income again.

Huckabee said in 50 years, the government spent more than $21 trillion in the war on poverty.
Speakers at the event all agreed money wasn't the only way to fix the problem.