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ERIC Number: ED014359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct-23
Pages: 8
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THE CHALLENGE OF HUNGRY CHILDREN.
WHEELER, RAYMOND M.
DURING THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, THOUSANDS OF NEGRO FARM LABORERS IN MISSISSIPPI HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES IN THE FIELD OF AGRICULTURE. MANY OF THESE PEOPLE LIVE IN EXTREMELY POOR HOUSING, EXIST ON VITAMIN DEFICIENT DIETS, AND ARE SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF FILTH AND DEBRIS. DISEASE RUNS RAMPANT AMONG THE CHILDREN BECAUSE THEIR UNDERNOURISHED BODIES HAVE LOW RESISTANCE, AND MEDICAL SERVICES ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE. ALTHOUGH TWO FEDERAL FOOD PROGRAMS ARE PROVIDED, THERE ARE MANY INSTANCES WHERE NEITHER OF THESE PROGRAMS IS ADEQUATE. FOR THESE CHILDREN WHO SUFFER MALNUTRITION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, THERE IS LITTLE CHANCE OF NORMAL MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. THEY ARE DENIED THE HOPE OF DEVELOPING THEIR HUMAN POTENTIAL FOR COMPETING IN THE COMPLEX AND DEMANDING SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY MUST LIVE. IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED, TOO, THAT THE CONDITIONS OF THE POVERTY-STRICKEN PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI ARE NOT LIMITED TO THAT STATE, BUT EXIST IN MANY OTHER AREAS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, AND WHILE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS CAPABLE OF SOLVING THESE PROBLEMS, IT WILL FAIL TO DO SO UNTIL THE PREVAILING POLITICAL RESISTANCE IS OVERCOME. THIS SPEECH WAS PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL OUTLOOK CONFERENCE ON RURAL YOUTH, OCTOBER 24, 1967, WASHINGTON D.C., SPONSORED JOINTLY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE, INTERIOR, AND LABOR, OEO, AND THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON YOUTH OPPORTUNITY. (ES)
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