Black Men in the Food System: Roles and Opportunities, Rural to Urban

About the webinar

Join three dynamic IATP Food and Community Fellows, Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Food Security Network, Haile Johnston from Common Market Philadelphia, and Kelvin Graddick, a young farmer who manages the West Georgia Farmers Cooperative, as they discuss the roles and opportunities for Black men in the food system both through a rural and urban lens.

During this webinar you will learn more about the historical, yet forgotten role that African Americans have played in the development of the U.S. food system. Panelists will also talk about opportunities for Black men and youth to create a more equitable food system through roles in faith communities, schools and institutions, as well as in their own families and communities.

Presentation Slides


Kelvin Graddick

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While growing up in a small rural community in Harris County, GA, Kelvin Graddick noticed the inequalities that exist in local food systems and related economic opportunities. He started…

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Haile Johnston

Common Market Philadelphia

Haile is a Philadelphia native whose passion is to identify and implement entrepreneurial methods and progressive policy to build capacity in diverse communities. His creative approach to program…

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Malik Yakini

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN)

Malik Yakini is a founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit. Along with DBCFSN he spearheaded efforts to…

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Posted July 20, 2012