Racism, Land & The American Farming Landscape

Racism, Land & The American Farming Landscape

In 1920, there were 949,889 Black farmers. A century later, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, only 35,470 remained.

This panel will investigate the contributing factors to this enormous land loss including discriminatory practices, such as the denial of USDA loans. and slow handling of civil rights complaints. Presenters will also share the innovative ways Black New England Farmers are reclaiming the land and sowing the seeds of health and empowerment.

Presenters: Reginald Jackson, Emeritus Professor of Communications at Simmons College, MA; Lydia Clemmons, President of Clemmons Family Farm, VT; Jarrad Nwameme 

Moderator: Meghan Howey, Professor in Anthropology, University of New Hampshire 

The winter Tea Talk series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) and sponsored in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks.