In Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,

Join Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake for a special celebration of the past legacy of Black farming in America, the future road towards equitable agricultural opportunities, and our unified push for Environmental Justice for ALL.

Hear from guest speakers who are working tirelessly to dissolve existing barriers to create new opportunities for Black farmers.  Together let’s explore the legacy of Black farming in America, and learn how we can all play a role in creating a diverse future for agriculture here in the Chesapeake Bay watershed!

Guest Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, a community organizer, ordained reverend and budding farmer who has been a catalyst for personal transformation and social change for more than twenty years.  In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which advances food security and food sovereignty by co-creating Black food ecosystems anchored by Black congregations in partnership with Black farmers.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and is currently working on his first book which explores the historic relationship between Black churches, Black farmers and faith-based food sovereignty.

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, a rabbi, author, and environmental activist.  In 1978, she founded the Jewish Women’s Resource Center.  As head of the Baltimore Orchard Project, she envisions abundant food forests throughout the city.  She is the co-founder and Director of the Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights (MDEHR); devoted to the creation of a state-wide constitutional amendment assuring everyone’s right to a healthful environment.

Derrick Weston MDiv founder of Stories of Food and Faith, a nonprofit multimedia collective for all who care about faith-based food justice.  He also is the co-host and producer of The Food and Faith podcast in addition to writing for Presbyterians Today Magazine.

McKay Jenkins a writer and teacher about the environment and social justice for 30 years.  Currently he is the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of ‘English,  Journalism and Environmental Humanities’ at the University of Delaware, where he has won the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and both the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.  A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution he has also written for OutsideOrion, and many other publications.