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Black farmers have been leaving the land at three and a-half times the rate of other farmers. It turns out that this loss of black farmers is due less to farming policies and practices than it is to generations of institutional racism. Civil Rights attorney J.L. Chestnut, in a brilliant and emotional speech, tells the story of the successful historic litigation against the USDA on behalf of these farmers.
J.L. Chestnut, (1930-2008) was the first and only African-American lawyer in Selma, Alabama in 1958, was very active in the Civil Rights movement and, as a partner in Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway and Campbell, is now widely recognized as one of the leading civil rights attorneys in the country. Most recently he has been the leading legal figure in the successful historic litigation against the USDA on behalf of black farmers.
Bioneers Series II: Improving Environment By Changing The World includes the following programs:
The Bioneers series consists of three sets of 13 programs each:
Bioneers Series I The Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of NatureBioneers Series II "Improving Environment By Changing The WorldBioneers Series III
Inspired by the philosophies of the Deep Ecology movement, the Bioneers are heroic examples of people living as if nature mattered. Join us as we look deeply into the magic and mystery of the convergence between leading-edge science and ancient wisdom for a Declaration of Interdependence for the new millennium. Though these programs were produced in the 1990s the contents of this series are timelessly relevant.
HOST: Michael Toms INTERVIEW DATE: 10/19/2000 PROGRAM NUMBER: BN209
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