〰️ 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Power! The Movement, The Legacy: The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Black Power, one of the least understood and vilified movements in American history. Yet the movement has had a tremendous impact on issues of race, identity, politics, criminal justice, culture, art, and education globally. Black Power’s successes and weaknesses have largely molded the past half century.
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.
QLS Haven received a Food Well Alliance Community Garden Grant in 2017 to support the construction of two ADA-accessible raised garden beds for their senior growers. The raised garden beds have made it possible for all of their residents to participate in the community garden, and to also increase their access to fresh food.
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture educates and connects people through urban farming, builds positive personal relationships and establishes an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. With two farm sites in Collegetown and East Point, and two additional growing sites in Fayetteville and on Harbin Road in Atlanta, Truly Living Well continues to serve as a leader and pioneer in the urban agricultural community in Metro Atlanta.
In May or June 1613, Jan Rodrigues, a free sailor from Hispaniola (in what is today the Dominican Republic), who worked for a Dutch fur trading company, was left on Manhattan Island to trade with Native Americans. A black man, he was the first non-Native American to settle on the island. Starting with Rodrigues’ arrival, Black New Yorkers, an exploration of 400 years of African-American history in New York, tells the story of sixteen generations of New Yorkers in essays, prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, tables, and newspapers.
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.
Produce markets are sprouting along Atlanta’s public transit lines thanks to a unique collaboration between the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the local food community known as The Fresh MARTA Market. The initiative is one of the first in the country to intersect transit with healthy food access. It aims to provide healthy food options to MARTA passengers and residents living near or around Fresh MARTA Markets.
Fresh Harvest is a subscription food delivery service making it quick and easy for families in Atlanta to get fresh, sustainably grown produce from local farms. Since its launch in 2012, Fresh Harvest’s mission has been supporting local farmers by making healthy eating convenient and automated for its customers.
Decrepit buildings with colorful paintings and art on their walls are situated next to blooming perennials and fluttering butterflies. Plant beds line the sides of streets, and hoop houses contain freshly-grown organic peppers, tomatoes and eggplants that are sold to local restaurants. You’ll see locals tending the soil, and chairs, tables and children’s toys in the space devoted to the community for farmers market.But most of all, you’ll see hope at the site of Urban Sprout Farms - a thriving, five-acre certified organic farm located in an impoverished community where fresh produce is scarce.
Atlanta-based company Compostwheels is on a mission to educate Atlanta residents about the importance of composting. Since 2012, the company has diverted more than two million pounds of food waste from landfills through its composting service, and it has established relationships with more than seven farms and gardens in Atlanta.