〰️ Co-Curator, Emmett Till Project 〰️ Assistant Curator, An American Dilemma for the 21st Century 〰️ Curatorial Associate, African/American: Making the Nation's Table 〰️ Creator, Black Farmer Stories
MOFAD is mapping Black food and drink businesses across the country as part of African/American: Making the Nation's Table. Legacy businesses have been in operation for 50 years or longer and are still serving communities today.
The Legacy Quilt Project is a digital platform and story-gathering project developed to celebrate the countless Black farmers, chefs, and food and drink producers who have laid the foundation for American food culture. The project is featured in the Museum of Food and Drink's exhibition African/American: Making the Nation’s Table.
This immersive, virtual reality journey reveals the stories of African American food and drink producers Deborah and Mary Jones of Jones Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Kansas, and Matthew Raiford and Jovan Sage of Gilliard Farms. The immersive experience is featured in the Museum of Food and Drink's exhibition, African/American: Making the Nation's Table.
Black Farmer Stories is a digital platform and multimedia project that preserves the history, legacy and agricultural knowledge of Black farmers and ranchers in the U.S. through storytelling, and increases the knowledge of the general public about these important histories and stories.
Trace some of the people, food, and culinary knowledge from Africa to the Americas and across the US. Explore the ways African Americans have refashioned our country’s food through creativity, skill, and entrepreneurship. Meet the people who have built our national culinary identity.
Curatorial Associate and Digital Project Manager
The Carnegie-Myrdal Study of the Negro in America research memoranda archive housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, contains the output of a stellar team of social scientists who worked with Myrdal to study “the Negro problem” on behalf of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This digital platform greatly expands the access that scholars and the general public have to these materials. In doing so, it increases the visibility of the “hidden figures,” those scholars who worked alongside Myrdal, but whose roles are lesser-known.
The Emmett Till Project is a digital platform developed in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to commemorate the 1955 murder and trial of Emmett Louis Till that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement.
SAAFON is a regional network for Black farmers committed to using ecologically sustainable practices to manage their land and the natural systems on it in order to grow food and raise livestock that are healthy for people and the planet. Many of our farms have been in the same Black family for over 100 years and, as such, are historical treasures.
Project Manager for the website build out.
With a commitment to supporting local farmers and providing customers with sustainably-grown food, Atlanta’s Wrecking Bar Brewpub has purchased more than $1 million in local food since 2015, and has even started growing its own food. Wrecking Bar is one of Metro Atlanta’s unique food business models because it is a vertically integrated firm comprised of a restaurant, on-premises brewhouse and a farm - giving it considerable influence over its food sourcing.
Urban Sprout Farms is a thriving, five-acre certified organic farm located in the Polar Rock neighborhood of Lakewood Heights. The farm is home to a flourishing food operation where urban farmer and social entrepreneur Nuri Icgoren is able to grow healthy food not only for his family, but also for his community, where access to fresh food is scarce. A sense of responsibility to the community and a belief in food equity is what drives Nuri, who has an overall vision to create an urban agricultural hub that serves as an entrepreneurial incubator for food and farming enterprises on his farm.