Events

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

SANKOFA
14TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN FIBER ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 25TH, 2021

NORTH CHARLESTON CITY HALL
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

The 14th installment of this annual exhibition features pieces by 37 artists from 15 different states. These artists accepted the challenge to create a pictorial fiber work that illustrates the idea of Sankofa. Curated by the award-winning and nationally exhibiting textile artist, Torreah “Cookie” Washington, this unique opportunity offers African American fiber artist a showcase to exhibit their original and innovative designs executed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional fiber techniques. The SANKOFA exhibition is organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department as a component of the 2021 North Charleston Arts Fest.

For more information about African American Fiber Art Exhibition and the 2021 North Charleston Arts Fest, visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. For details on other programs or events offered throughout the year, call (843) 740-5854 or visit www.northcharleston.org.

EARTHJUSTICE VIRTUAL EVENTS SERIES: COMMUNITY-CENTERED LAWYERING

JUNE 24TH, 2021

Intersections: Conversations on Race, Climate, and Community-Centered Justice

Join Earthjustice for a conversation delving into community-centered lawyering. How can the law be a method of innovative advocacy, creative problem-solving and true partnership? Join Angela Johnson-Meszaros, Byron Chan, mark! Lopez, and Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Esq. for a discussion about building transformative change through the power of the law and community partnership. This will be a town hall–style event series moderated by Philip McAdoo, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Earthjustice. To register, go here.

Speakers:

  • Angela Johnson Meszaros, Managing Attorney, Community Partnerships Program
  • Byron Chan, Senior Associate Attorney, Community Partnerships Program
    mark! Lopez, Co-Director, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
  • Tracy  Lloyd  McCurty, Esq., Executive Director of Black Belt Justice Center and Co-Organizer of the Black Farmers’ Appeal: Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign

RETURN OF THE BEES MULTIMEDIA PROJECT:
LINDA DAY CLARK ON GEE’S BEND PHOTOGRAPHS AND LAND MEMORIES

​​MAY 27TH, 2021

Professor Linda Day Clark has been photographing the Gee’s Bend agrarian-artisan community since 2002, when she was sent there on an assignment for the New York Times. Clark’s photographs capture the richness of the rural landscape/dreamscape of the Gee’s Bend community as well as their commitment to preserving the quiltmaking tradition and artist sovereignty. Clark will also share land memories and quilt stories preserved in the Gee’s Bend quilts from her personal collection. To protect artist sovereignty, this communal offering will not be recorded. To register go here.

FEEDING THE ARCHIVES: BUILDING COMMUNITY ARCHIVES AROUND FOODWAYS

APRIL 23RD, 2021

A discussion about the purpose and process of building community archives that centers food and foodways in their collections.

Join us for a conversation with archivists, activists, and organizers whose work has been central to building community, non-institutional, archives that include: a digital archive on historical foods from the Karuk, a Californian Native American tribe; an oral history project from Brooklyn’s Weeksville Heritage Center about the history of Black restaurant ownership; a collection of media and legal documents that pertain to an ongoing legal battle over Black land ownership; and the creation of a community cookbook that records the recipes and stories of a small group of Filipino immigrants living in the south suburbs of Chicago.

To register, go here.

NC A&T STATE UNIVERSITY EARTH DAY PANEL: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, EQUITY, AND SUSTAINABILITY: EARTH DAY IMPERATIVES

EARTH DAY 2021

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (April 19, 2021) — North Carolina A&T State University is presenting a special virtual panel discussion in recognition of Earth Day this Thursday, April 22, beginning at noon: “Environmental Justice, Equity and Sustainability: Earth Day Imperatives.” To register for this free, virtual event at http://bit.ly/EarthDayImperative.

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 tmccurty@blackbeltjustice.orgClick 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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