The United States government once declared war on poverty, but we have never been able to stamp it out. The problem continues, constraining the lives of some 47 million Americans and impeding any semblance of social justice. Being able to talk about the issue in the abstract is a luxury many do not have. In the new nonfiction book Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America, author C. Nicole Mason uses her own story to examine the nearly impossible task of rising out of poverty. Her powerful memoir puts a face to the statistics and underscores essential issues we should all consider when talking about poverty and social justice. Mason presents the barriers the poor face and explains why so few are able to achieve economic success. To read the full article, click here.