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Preserving and Maintaining Our Family Land

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As a child, I had a great appreciation for the land my great  maternal grandmother Emma Mead Harrell purchased in 1896 and 1902 in Amite, Louisiana. The land that has been in our family for seven generations. The land provided food, water, and a place where the Harrell family called home.

According to an article written and published  by Spencer D.Wood and Jess Gilbert " Returning African American Farmers to the Land" today, there are only about 18,000 black farmers in the United States. Declining by 98 percent since 1920. Many of our family members and ancestors had land taken away from them by racial oppression, economic presssures, and finanical crisis.  

Last week my special guest C.J. Holliday talked about the 837 acres of land her family own in Carroll , Mississippi. She stated that someone is trying to take their land from them. She also stated that her brother was beaten up over the land this year and other family members were even murdered.

Please join host Antoinette Harrell and her special guest C.J. Holiday as they continue this discussion from last Tuesday's night show.