Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Summit and Webinar: April 5th and Apr 17, 2019. Food Security. HBCUs & Other Land-grant institutions and food systems

Following statement from unknown author……………
“…..Here in Kentucky we have two land grant colleges.  One is the Kentucky State University-KSU which is an HBCU and formed in 1890.  The other is University of Kentucky-UK which is an HWCU or historically white college or University and formed in 1862.

The inequities and disparities Within These two land-grant colleges are too numerous to mention here. But UK has all types of conferences, events and workshops for Kentucky farmers but can very seldom find more than three or four people of color farmers to participate in their many events that are so well funded.  However on the other hand with less funding less staff KSU invariably at its fall conference and other events may attract 100 to 200 black, Latino Asian-American and women farmers.

This historical discrimination and exclusion by HWCUs that have extension offices in every county combined with the exclusion and discrimination by the USDA in its many forms is what led to the various Pickford cases…..”

APR 5, 2019  Webinar:   Racial Equity in Food System Summit

APRIL 5, 2019 8:30AM - 4:00PM 8:30 A.M. - 4 P.M.
The Michigan Racial Equity in the Food System Summit will focus on education, dialogue, and inspiring advocacy concerning structural inequities in the food system.

APR 17, 2019  Webinar:   Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group
“Land-grant institutions and food systems:  Acknowledging historical disparities and exploring present-day equity initiatives.”

Wednesday – April 17th   3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

·        President Barry H. Dunn, South Dakota State University

·        Dr. Jodi Williams, National Program Leader, Food Safety at USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

·        Dr. Robert Zabawa, Research Professor of Agricultural and Social Sciences at Tuskegee University (Alabama)


Please click on this link to register

Webinar Context
Participants will learn what organizations and administrators who work with land-grant institutions across the country are currently doing to address inequities present since the inception of land-grant institutions. Topics will include the historical disparities between 1862, 1890, and 1994 institutions as well as current efforts to create a more equitable food system through food and agricultural programs for historically marginalized groups. 

Sponsored by:  

Black Emergency Managers Association 
1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 
bEMA International 

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity . . . This may well be mankind’s last chance to choose between chaos or community.”         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where Are We Going From Here:  Chaos or Community’.

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