The Sankofa Series is a monthly webinar series sharing the wisdom from past NESAWG conferences to help change the food system.
Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III
Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the Founding Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School, an educational platform based on the Freedom Schools of the 1960's. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which provides seed funding and support to help churches begin growing food on their land. The Network also links Black Churches and Black Farmers in partnership in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and Black food and land sovereignty. For nearly two decades, Dr. Brown has demonstrated his commitment to advocacy for social justice on every level and he has deservedly been recognized as a leading change-maker of this time.
Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of Ghana. It means “go back and fetch it” and reminds us of the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bring it into the present in order to ensure a strong future. The Sankofa Series is a monthly webinar series that focuses on the wisdom shared in past NESAWG conferences, sharing this information again and using it to help us move forward to continue creating meaningful change in the food system.
NESAWG has had 26 years of presenting our It Takes A Region annual conferences. In the past we have had dynamic keynote speakers, panelists, and presenters who are working towards a fair food system. In alignment with one of NESAWG’s core values ``A farm and food system for all”, presenters at the NESAWG Conferences have been multi racial, economically diverse and have spanned across food system movements and represented various food system work. Presenters have been youth leaders, elders and all those in between. The Sankofa Series will feature some of your favorites from the past. We will revisit some of the pertinent information shared as we continue to seek solutions to issues within the food system and create a positive change.
This webinar series will happen from September to February.