Events

Fannie Etheridge, Freedom Quilting Bee heritage quilter, wrapped in her handquilts (2020). Sean Cokes for Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund.

July 31st, 2020

Revenge of DandeLions Griot Collective Discussion with Richael Faithful

Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a DC-based multidisciplinary folk healer and spiritual activist from the Black Diasporic healing tradition of the U.S. known as conjure. They blessed us with their brilliance in penning “On Grief, Land, and Ritual” for the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund’s digital publication, Revenge of DandeLions Griot Collective. “On Grief, Land, and Ritual” bridges the history and practice of land-based grief rituals from the African diaspora, including those rooted in conjure/Black folk spiritualism, with writer Richael Faithful’s own land-based grief ritual experience. This is the first discussion/forum for Revenge of DandeLions Griot Collective, and we are excited to share Richael’s essay in the inaugural launch of our digital publication, and to explore this topic with the writer and beloved community. Read Richael’s essay at bit.ly/OnGriefLandAndRitual and join us for their talk on July 31st at 5pm. 

July 16th, 2020

Dirt Rich Community Teach-In with
Drs. Marlo and Anthony Paul

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. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black folk who have pre-existing medical conditions and lack access to holistic wellness institutions rooted in mind-body-spirit alignment—and who are ensnared in a web of structural racism.  In response to the precarious realities of Black folk in the U.S., Drs. Marlo and Anthony Paul will discuss their community health healing work in Black Belt Alabama. We are so appreciative of Drs. Paul. Their healing work is an extension of their spiritual practice; they embody the values of professional humility, interbeing, and knowledge democracy. In her TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned of “The Danger of the Single Story.” There is resilience, mutual aid, self-determination, and cooperative economy in the Black Belt.

Juneteenth 2020

Restoration: A Concert Film
Live Stream

In collaboration with South Carolina Lowcountry hip-hop group, Native Son, this Juneteenth, the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund streamed “Restoration: A Concert Film” on our YouTube and Facebook channels.  The idea of working with musicians to create an anthem for the Black Farmers’ Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign wasn’t our own; Black legacy farmers were in talks with Isaac Hayes before his passing about creating a song that reflected their pursuit of justice. We wanted to carry the torch by connecting this important fight with the pulse of the people. When Native Son sent the initial musical arrangement and the first verse of “The Land,” we knew it would be something special.  Our work continues to grow with Native Son, and is especially embodied in “Restoration: A Concert Film.” The film explores southern Black agrarian stories of self-determination, land ownership, and folkwit, amplifies ongoing struggles for land justice in this country including the Black Farmers’ Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign, and weaves together live musical performances throughout film. This summer we will release the film on the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund’s and Native Son’s respective YouTube channels.

Juneteenth 2020    

Fundraising Launch 

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.  The Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund is developing the bones to become a self-sustaining ecosystem guided by our Ancestors’ value paradigm of collective land tenure, spirit-culture reclamation, and ecological harmony.  In the words of June Jordan, “we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

“So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter. High John de Conquer. If the news from overseas reads bad, if the nation inside seems like it is stuck in the Tar Baby, listen hard, and you will hear High John de Conquer treading on his singing-drum. You will know then, that no matter how bad things look now, it will be worse for those who seek to oppress us. … White America, take a laugh from out of our black mouths, and win! We give you High John de Conquer.” – Zora Neale Hurston, “High John De Conquer” In The American Mercury (1943)

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The Cuban agroecologist Fernando Funes Monzote shared, "you make the path by walking."  

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