Grist magazine really understands that The Black/Land Project is about more than just agriculture: it’s about the very relationship between race and place.
Be sure to read Andrea Appleton’s interview with Black/Land founder Mistinguette Smith, “Black to the Land: Project explores connections between race and place” in the June edition of the online magazine. The interview draws the connections between U-Pick farms, redlining and the Underground Railroad.
You can find more of Appleton’s fantastic Grist posts, which focus on race and place, here.
Black/Land team members Allison Guess and Tavia Benjamin will be discussants on the panel Tierra Y Libertad, presenting Black/Land’s work on how black people understand and transcend the effects of historical trauma as part of organizing. Set in the context of contested public land in Detroit, Black/Land will offer a critical perspective on an aspect of organizing that is often overlooked – responding to transhistorical trauma in ways that help black people to become more self determining in the present.
We will also be at the Research Justice Network Gathering, sharing and learning with others engaged in the work of tactical, grassroots research in pursuit of social justice, and social justice movement building.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Join Black/Land at the Race Food Justice Conference co-convened by Case Western Reserve University, Environmental Health Watch, Growing Power and The RidAll “Greenin’ The Ghetto” Partnership in Cleveland, Ohio coming this April!
Speakers will include:
- Erika Allen, national projects director for Growing Power, a non-profit organization nationally recognized for its efforts to provide access to healthy, high-quality and affordable food for inner-city residents.
- Malik Yakini, founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit.
- Mistinguette Smith, founder and director of the Black/Land Project
This conference aims to create a dialog about food, farming, race, land use, health, jobs and social justice issues. It is a collaboration between Case’s Social Justice Institute, the Milwaukee-based Growing Power Inc., and two Cleveland groups — Environmental Health Watch and the Rid-All Green Partnership, operators of an urban farm in the Kinsman neighborhood.
Events take place from 6-9PM Thursday and Friday evening, and are free to the public. Just click here to register.
Our Stories: Story Based Strategy with HAFA-DC and the Black/Land Project. April 12-13, 2013. Washington, D.C.
The Black/Land Project returns to Washington DC.. Hosted by HAFA-DC, Our Stories is a series of events for black organizers and community members with strong connections to DC. Each session will give you an opportunity to explore, express and share what upholds your personal connection to DC and the special places here.
Please register for one or both sessions.
Bread for the City SE
1640 Good Hope Rd. SE
Washington, DC 20020
Open to the Public
Saturday, April 13th, 2:30pm-5pm
Center for Green Urbanism (NEW LOCATION)
3938 Benning Road NE
Washington, DC 20019
REGISTER AT :
Wnat to share a flyer about this event? To download one, click here.
Our colleagues at Healthy Affordable Food for All (HAFA) welcome you to their monthly gathering, where they explore personal stories and their impact on policy and social change work. There is something for everyone at the network gathering and all are welcome.
Do you have a black land story to tell about the District? Share it in the Black/Land Project’s My Story Campaign. Send a short (3 minutes or less) video, or a photograph with a brief note describing your personal relationship to land to MyStory@BlackLandProject.org .
Join us Tuesday, March 19th at 7PM for a Conversation with The Black/Land Project at Clark University. We expect the roads to be cleared by this evening, so this workshop is still scheduled to take place.
Join us for a conversation that explores how people in America define their relationships to land, and why they are the group most likely to take action about issues of environmental concern. 7:00PM, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons at Clark University.
Are you in Northampton? Listen for us on the radio during the “Black in the Valley” segment of the Bill Newman Show on WHMP. We’ll be on Monday February 25 at 6:45 PM.
Missed it? Catch the podcast here.
On the biblical Sabbath of Jubilee, slaves were set free and given leave to return to the land of their people. To African-Americans enslaved in the southern U.S., the Emancipation Proclamation surely sounded like that biblical Jubilee. On December 31, 1862 they gathered in churches– the only places they could call their own– awaiting the liberty promised on the morning to come.
This week marks the 150th observance of Watch Night to mark Freedom’s Eve. It also marks 50 years since the great African-American writer James Baldwin wrote the essay “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my nephew on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation,” the essay that opens his incendiary 1963 collection The Fire Next Time.
On January 2nd at 7:00PM , join author Ekwueme Michael Thelwell (The Harder They Fall), Mistinguette Smith (The Black/Land Project) and playwright Lenelle Moïse (Expatriate) at the Forbes Library in Northampton for an evening inspired by the life and work of James Baldwin. Mistinguette will read from new work-in-progress about James Baldwin, transcending historical trauma, and the Jubilee of black relationships to land.
Click here for directions to Forbes Library.
“Staking A Claim: Self-Defining Black Relationships to Land.” Black Environmental Thought Conference II. September 21-23, 2012. Minneapolis, MN.
UPDATE: Missed us at BET? Can’t wait for the conference proceeding to be published? You can download our presentation “Black/Land: Other People’s Stories” from our Offerings page here!
Join us at the second Black Environmental Though Conference, September 21-23, in Minneapolis, MN. Black/Land Project founder Mistinguette Smith will join colleagues Lauret Savoy and Danyelle O’Hara for the context setting workshop “Staking a Claim: Self-Defining Black Relationships to Land.”
Please join us and other scholars, activists, farmers, artists, gardeners, environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts from across the African diaspora in dialogues about environmental justice. There may still be some scholarship money available! Check the BET registration page for details
HAFA-DC (Healthy Affordable Food for All) , the coalition of advocates, service providers and local food advocates in Washington D.C. neighborhoods hosts a Black/Land presentation webinar, and a discussion of narrative-based organizing.
Seating is limited: contact ZCurtis(at)BreadForTheCity.org for more information.
Multiethnic Interracial Smith College (MISC) invites you to join in a primarily student-led symposium about How to Be an Ally.