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Not Meant To Live Like This Book Launch and Tour

Many good books have been written about hurricane Katrina, but how many have been written by those living in poverty?

Featuring a foreward by Professor William Julius Wilson, the moving testimonies featured in ‘Not Meant To Live Like This’ both challenge conventional views about persistent poverty in the United States today and lay bare the realities of life in New Orleans before and after Katrina. Meet the inspiring co-authors and hear their stories in their own words. Purchase now on Amazon.

Conference “Breaking the Silence of Extreme Poverty" Conference
Event Date: March 12, 2013 (Tuesday), 2 p.m.
Location: UMass Boston, Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom B
Cost: Free

UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy and Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with All Together in Dignity (ATD) International Fourth World Movement and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement's Project Serve are cosponsoring a conference that will feature stories from the recently published book, Not Meant to Live Like This: Weathering the Storm of our Lives in New Orleans, written by 50 members of the ATD.

This inspiring book gives a unique insight into the lives of people living in poverty before, during, and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Meet some of the coauthors, re-uniting to share their stories.

  • Panel discussions on health, education, violence/safety, housing, sustainable development
  • Exhibitions
  • Book sale and signing
  • Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson among the featured speakers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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"Our book is to let the world know about our struggles, our suffering and the strength we need to raise our families and to live decently with the little bit we have. Our book will be a testimony to our lives, so that the world will never forget what we have been through and what we are still going through.”

- Sylvia Miller, co-author

Further details of the All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World Movement’s ‘Not Meant to Live Like This’ book project can be found here:



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The book ‘Not Meant To Live Like This: Weathering the Storm of Our Lives in New Orleans’ will be on sale from August 26, priced at $31.95. Copies will be on sale at the launch, at participating stores, online and at all stops on the 2012/13 book tour.