Fannie “Pearl” Etheridge, Freedom Quilting Bee heritage quilter, wrapped in her handquilts (2020). Sean Cokes for Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund.
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR BLACK FARMERS PRESS EVENT
MARCH 22ND, 2021
Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren Join Black Farmers to Highlight the $5B in Debt Relief Included in the Stimulus Bill Signed by President Biden
WASHINGTON DC – At 11:00am EST on Monday, March 22, 2021, several members of the U.S. Senate and a group of Black farmers from across the country will hold a briefing to discuss the historic action taken earlier this month when President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law that includes $5 billion in direct USDA debt relief and related services for Black farmers and other farmers of color.
BLACK FARMERS APPEAL:
CANCEL PIGFORD DEBT COMIC CREATED BY JEREMY DARBY
TO CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
MARCH 9, 2021
Lucious Abrams, legacy farmer from Wanyesboro, Georgia, was a lead plaintiff in the historic Pigford v. Glickman class action racial discrimination lawsuit. Abrams was a tireless organizer in the pre-Pigford lawsuit years. Abrams forcefully opposed the Consent Decree (along with the other 5 lead plaintiffs), and has been fighting USDA for over thirty years. Despite the economic violence done to his family, Abrams persevered through the success of his family’s sauce line, Abrams’ Old Fashioned All-Purpose Barbecue Sauce, named after the family’s matriarch, Frances William Abrams.
VIRTUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 28TH – MARCH 14TH
We are honored that RESTORATION: A Concert Film has been selected as a feature documentary in this year’s Pan African Film Festival (PAFF). RESTORATION explores southern Black agrarian stories of self-determination, custodial land ownership, and folkwit; amplifies ongoing struggles for restorative land justice in this country including the Black Farmers’ Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign; and weaves together live musical performances from Native Son and the personal narratives of Black legacy farmers and land stewards. PAFF showcases the broad spectrum of creative works and films by visionaries who highlight the diverse stories of Black America, Africa, and the global Black Diaspora. Click here to support Black liberatory storytelling, happening February 28th – March 14th.
EARTHJUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES
FEBRUARY 16TH, 2021
As a part of the Earthjustice Speaker Series, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program & BaE present attorney Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Co-Alchemist of the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund. For over fifteen years, Tracy has been a legal advocate on a range of issues disparately impacting the African Diaspora. Tracy will discuss her visionary approach to “movement lawyering” to correct injustices on behalf of Black Farmers disserved by the Pigford class action racial discrimination lawsuit. She has built a collective of farmers, attorneys, writers, heritage quilters, artists, and musicians to cancel the crushing debt faced by Black farmers. Tracy’s work stands as an example of innovative advocacy, creative problem-solving, and true partnership.
FUTURE HARVEST’S 22ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
A CASE FOR REPARATIONS AND PIGFORD DEBT CANCELLATION: WHAT IS THE JUSTICE FOR BLACK FARMERS ACT ALL ABOUT?
JANUARY 15TH, 2021
Recently, US Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill that aims to end USDA discrimination and right some past wrongs. Previous attempts such as the 1999 Pigford v. Glickman class action racial discrimination lawsuit left many Black farmers with unconscionable debt, threat of foreclosures, and no legal recourse to save their farms. This roundtable chat is facilitated by lawyer and policy expert Tracy Lloyd McCurty. It is recommended that participants read the bill in its entirety and study the historical background in advance (links found in the conference agenda inside the virtual event) (Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Black Belt Justice Center, Acres of Ancestry Initiative/ Black Agrarian Fund). Click Here to review the 2021 Future Harvest Program.
DIRT RICH COMMUNITY TEACH-IN
WITH ATTORNEY WILLIE HEYWARD
DECEMBER 17TH, 2020
Our next Dirt Rich Community Teach-In, Protecting the Black Family Land Commons, will be with Willie Heyward, Esq., Managing Attorney for the Heirs’ Property Law Firm, LLC (Heirs’ Property Law Firm), a private public interest law firm located in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded by Heyward, the Heirs’ Property Law Firm, is a firm whose emphasis is on clearing title to land held primarily by the descendants of enslaved Africans along the coastal areas of South Carolina. Heyward’s primary motivation in creating the Heirs’ Property Law Firm was to serve people of Gullah descent who could not afford and, in many cases, did not understand the process nor the necessity of clearing title to the land in which they had an interest. Click here to view the webinar video.
Justice for Black Farmers Act Webinar
DECEMBER 11TH, 2020
The Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) and the Black Belt Justice Center (fiscal sponsor for the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund) will hold a webinar on the Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020 with US Senator Cory Booker, US Representative David Scott, and Stacey Abrams on Friday, December 11th at 5:30pm EST. We will also discuss farmer narratives and advocacy works with Carolyn Jones, Farmer and Executive Director of the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Angela Provost, Farmer-Advocate of Provost Farms, LLC, and Attorney Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Executive Director of the Black Belt Justice Center. The Justice for Black Farmers Act will enact policies to end discrimination within the USDA, protect remaining Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers and restore the land base that has been lost, and implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States. If you would like to submit questions prior to the webinar, please email them to Tracy Lloyd McCurty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view the webinar video.
DIRT RICH COMMUNITY TEACH-IN
WITH MICHELE E. LEE
OCTOBER 15TH, 2020
In partnership with the Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering, the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund is excited to host a kinetic communal space to discuss “Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African-American Healing” with author Michele E. Lee. Click here to view the webinar video.
Revenge of DandeLions Griot Collective Discussion with Richael Faithful
(With Visual Notes)
JULY 31ST, 2020
Dirt Rich Community Teach-In with
Drs. Marlo and Anthony Paul
JULY 16TH, 2020
On July 16th, the Black Agrarian Fund will hold our first Dirt Rich Community Teach-In with Drs. Marlo and Anthony Paul, Co-Founders of Eden Land Farm, an 116-acre organic medicinal herb and livestock farm, the NAPS Abundant Life Wellness Institute, and DP3 Herbs—a synergistic network of community health anchors in Black Belt Alabama.
Restoration: A Concert Film
On Juneteenth, the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund launched our fundraising campaign. All donations from Beloved Community support our mutual aid ecosystem rooted in restorative land justice.
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