Justice for Black Farmers
A Conversation to Uproot Racist Policy and Plant Seeds of Redress
The introduction of the Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020 and the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act of 2021 was the first time many Americans learned about the historical and ongoing discrimination against farmers of African descent by local government agencies and private entities like banks. Yet, it was only the latest chapter in the long saga of anti-Black racism in American farming.
On October 28, 2021, the Berkeley Food Institute hosted a panel of legacy farmers, critical race scholars, and a civil rights lawyer to learn about the grave injustices of the 1999 Pigford v. Glickman class action racial discrimination lawsuit, recent actions by the Biden Administration and Congress to rectify these wrongs, and what you can do to support a more fair and democratic farming system in the United States.
- Bernice Atchison, Legacy Farmer from Chilton County, Alabama; Pigford Historian
- Angela Provost, Legacy Farmer and Co-Owner of Provost Farm, New Iberia, Louisiana
- Carolyn Jones, Legacy Farmer and Executive Director, Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance
- Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Executive Director of Black Belt Justice Center; Co-Organizer of Black Farmers’ Appeal, Cancel Pigford Debt Campaign
- Cheryl I. Harris, Vice Dean for Community Equality and Justice and Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, University of California, Los Angeles
- Elsadig Elsheikh (Moderator), Director of Global Justice Program, Othering and Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley