State senator and local mayors to speak at Auburn University on poverty issues

Published: February 16, 2016
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State and local elected officials are participating in the Auburn University Honor College’s spring "k(no)w poverty?" lecture series as they address the relationship between politics and poverty.

The lineup includes Alabama Sen. William "Billy" Beasley, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Auburn Mayor Bill Ham. The dates and topics are listed below. Each event will be held from noon to 1 p.m in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Presentation Room in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Sen. Beasley will present "Poverty and Politic in Alabama" Feb. 19. Beasley, from Clayton, represents Alabama District 28. He is a 1962 Auburn graduate who runs a small business as a rural pharmacist.

Mayor Fuller will speak on "Politics and Poverty: What’s the answer and does anybody care?" Feb. 25. He is an Opelika businessman and past-president of Fuller Broadcasting Company.

Mayor Ham will present "All Poverty is Local" March 3. Ham, an Auburn graduate, has been involved in Auburn city government since his first term on the city council in 1986.

The lectures are part of a series of free, public events held mid-February though early March to discuss issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world. More information is available by emailing Wade Berry at