Twenty years ago, hip hop artist/activist KRS-One wrote an inspiring op-ed in The New York Times “A Survival Curriculum for Inner City Kids,” in which he addressed the city’s failings to take care of its most needy; in the article, he also mentioned how he’d spent many of his formative years in the 1970s in homeless shelters around the city and was essentially an auto-didact, who educated himself in public libraries.

To learn more about The Bowery Mission, people are invited to text to DOTORG (368674) and then enter the word BOWERY. Also, visit their website at to see how your time and donations can make a difference. Fittingly, 20 years later, KRS-One will be aligning with one of his former shelters, The Bowery Mission, this Thanksgiving to serve meals to thousands of the City’s homeless.   And as a further testament to his self-education, KRS-One has just released his second book, “Gospel of Hip Hop: First Instrument,” an 800-plus-page spiritual manual for citizens of Hip Hop Kulture.  

The Bowery Mission and KRS-One will serve meals to over 3,000 people at the Mission at 227 Bowery (between Prince and Rivington Streets) from 8 AM — 7PM on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2009.

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