Derecka Purnell Confronts the Persistence of Poverty in the Face of Pandemic

In an opinion piece, Derecka Purnell ('17), US columnist for The Guardian, discussed poverty exacerbated by pandemic and the impact of first-generation educational gains ("They Said I Could Break Out of the Curse of Poverty. Coronavirus Proves Them Wrong," Apr. 29). "Getting an education can help you feed people who are poor, but it cannot fix poverty. … Until there is radical redistribution of wealth and a complete evolution of values, more people will endure unnecessary suffering and death."