Malik Yakini

Join VCU’s Humanities Research Center for the inaugural lecture in the John Lewis Memorial Lecture Series, which was founded by local food justice organizers and practitioners in collaboration with the HRC and focuses on Black and Indigenous food justice. This series also honors the work and memory of John Lewis, founder of Renew Richmond.

At this lecture, Detroit-based activist and educator Malik Yakini will share some of his experiences and lessons learned in co-founding and leading the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. He will share his thinking about America’s colonial legacy, the country’s ongoing racial oppression, and how those factors shape land ownership, food, agriculture, and economics. He will also share how the programs and initiatives of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance are building food sovereignty.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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