Dr. King talks about how Congress voted and put into law an act that would give white people FREE land, taught them how to farm the land, provided low interest rates and gave Black farmers NOTHING!
Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. This mass land dispossession—a war waged by deed of title, which has affected 98 percent of black farmers—can only be called theft, says Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II in a new documentary. The Scott family, from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, can trace their land ownership back to 1938, when the family’s agriculturally gifted patriarch began amassing more than 1,000 acres. By the late ‘80s, the Scotts had all but lost their land entirely. What happened in those intervening years is a complex story of systematic discrimination that’s emblematic of the experience of many black families in America. “If you look at the Scotts, what the land meant to them wasn't just money,” Newkirk says in the film. “It was destiny. It was something to hold onto. It was a purpose and something that held their family together through generations.”
Senators Warnock, Warren and Booker advocated for emergency relief for Black farmers.
Presented by SEAP and The Black Belt Justice Center. Introduced by Sen. Cory Booker, join the discussion on the Justice for Black Farmers Act with US Rep. David Scott and Stacey Abrams. Personal stories from Carolyn Jones, Angela Provost and Tracy Lloyd McCurty.
Only 1.3% of farmers in America are Black and many need to have a second job to make ends meet. While there is a long history of discrimination against Black farmers, some we spoke to in Louisiana say the problem persists.
The United States Department of Agriculture says it’s ready to help black owned-farms. After generations of discrimination, black farmers are skeptical. VICE News investigates whether Biden’s multibillion dollar debt relief will prevent the last black farmers from going out of business.
On August 31, 2019, a group of over sixty African American farmers, researchers, academics, and social advocates sent a letter to Elizabeth Warren to encourage her to strengthen her stance on African American farming reform. The letter was soon thereafter written about in the Washington Post. While we are thankful that Senator Warren took the time to read our letter and understand she is on the side of transformative changes, we still want the voices of the minority to be heard.
Waymon Hinson shares about how his faith has prompted he and his wife Charla to partner with black farmers in their pursuit of justice, and how the gospel calls us all to right the wrongs we see around us.
Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) is an international non-profit that provides legal and technical services to small farmers of color while reducing hunger in the farmer's community. Mr. Stovall has been a client of F.A.R.M.S. for five years and is working to support his legal case. F.A.R.M.S. had created this video to highlight Mr. Stovall's case and their support of him and other farmers as a part of their "I AM F.A.R.M.S." campaign. Please visit www.30000acres.org to learn more about F.A.R.M.S.