Monica M. White, Ph.D.
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Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement
In May 1969, internationally renowned activist Fannie Lou Hamer purchased forty acres of land in the Mississippi Delta, launching the Freedom Farms Cooperative (FFC). A community-based rural and economic development project, FFC would grow to over 600 acres, offering a means for local sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and domestic workers to pursue community wellness, self-reliance, and political resistance. Life on the cooperative farm presented an alternative to the second wave of northern migration by African Americans–an opportunity to stay in the South, live off the land, and create a healthy community based upon building an alternative food system as a cooperative and collective effort.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. White is available to provide expertise, consultation, and commentary to your group, organization, institution, or office on the following subjects:
History of Urban/Community Agriculture
Community-based food systems
Agriculture in Detroit
Race, Class, Gender and Agriculture
Food Justice/Food Sovereignty
Monica M. White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
60 Science Hall
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706