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The book challenges everyone to refocus and face the gruesome reality about income inequality.

Brothers in the struggle, both Smiley and West will kick off a tour around the U.S. to promote their message and new book on April 15 in Los Angeles. They’ll be visiting churches, libraries, classrooms, and other intellectual environments.

“What happened to the old poor now threatens the new poor,” says Tavis Smiley. “It is true ‘where there is no hope for the future, there is no power in the present.’ Smiley advocates for true socioeconomic liberation and equality, but points out that the groundwork needs to be laid and the traditions toppled.

The new book presents solutions and steps that can be made to resolve this ever-evolving problem.

“When America gets serious about something, we can move proverbial mountains,” says Cornel West. “If we become serious about dedicating ourselves to finding solutions to eradicating poverty, we would surely see a change in 10, 15, or 25 years.”

You can join Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on The Rich and the Rest of Us Tour in:

• Los Angeles, CA April 15

• Washington, DC April 17

• Baltimore, MD April 18

• New York, NY April 20

• Chicago, IL April 21

• Washington, DC April 22

• Los Angeles, CA April 23

• Seattle, WA April 24

• Orangeburg, SC April 25

• Stony Brook, NY April 26

• Philadelphia, PA April 27

• Oakland, CA April 28