Equity at the Table Speaker Series 2018



RAFI’s Come to the Table program presents its Equity at the Table Speaker Series, featuring varied perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion, while educating the community about food security issues. RAFI will host the Equity at the Table Speaker Series in locations across North Carolina from March through August 2018. The series is designed for people who are working in the intersection of equity and food security and for those with the desire to think more critically about equity in their work and volunteerism. 

RAFI invites people of faith, farmers, activists, and journalists to come hear these perspectives.  All events are FREE and open to the public. 

March 3, 2018 ¦ Durham, NC
Malik Yakini: 
“Creating a Just & Equitable Food System” 


The first talk in the series will take place on March 3, 2018 at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham NC and will be delivered by Malik Kenyatta Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN).  
DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. Yakini has presented at numerous local community meetings and national conferences on food justice and implementing community food security practices. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. Yakini is featured in the book “Blacks Living Green,” and the movie “Urban Roots.”  

The opening remarks will be given by Savi Horne, Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers’ Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP).  LLPP is a non-profit law firm that, for more than thirty-five years, has offered legal representation of clients, community economic development, and professional outreach in the effort to promote wealth, land preservation, and rural livelihoods. As a state, regional and national non-governmental organization leader, Horne has been instrumental in addressing the needs of socially disadvantaged farmers and rural communities. She graduated from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, New Jersey and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1990.



Speaker:  Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN)
Opening Remarks: Savi Horne, North Carolina Association for Lawyers’ Land Loss Prevention Project
Date/Time:  March 3, 2018 // Durham, NC // Hayti Heritage Center @ 3:00




March 9, 2018 ¦ Pittsboro, NC
Dr. Sacoby Wilson

Dr. Sacoby Wilson will give the second talk in the Equity at the Table Speaker Series. This talk will be by invitation only, due to limited seating. 

Dr. Wilson is an assistant professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. He is an environmental health scientist with over ten years of experience working in community-university partnerships on environmental health and justice issues. Dr. Wilson has expertise in exposure science and applied environmental health including community-based exposure assessment, environmental justice science, social epidemiology, environmental health disparities, built environment, air pollution monitoring and community-based participatory research (CBPR). For the past two years, he has been building a program on community engagement, environmental justice, and health (CEEJH) to engage impacted communities, advocacy groups and policymakers in Maryland and the Washington DC region on environmental justice issues and health disparities.

Speaker: 
Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park
Date/Time:  March 9, 2018 // Pittsboro, NC // By invitation only due to limited seating





March 14, 2018 ¦ Wilmington, NC
Scott Marlow: 
“Farm Bill 2018: Your Story” 

Farm Bill 2018: Your Story is the third talk in the Equity at the Table Speaker Series, and it will be delivered by Scott Marlow of RAFI. The talk will take place on March 14, 2018 in Wilmington, NC. Scott Marlow is the Senior Policy Advisor at RAFI. He is a strong advocate for small and mid-scale, sustainable farmers on topics like credit access, disaster relief assistance, financial counseling, and crop insurance. Marlow will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill process, what’s included in the bill, and its impacts on food security and equity. Attendees will learn how they can translate their stories into political action around agriculture and food policy.

Speaker: 
Scott Marlow, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI)
Date/Time:  March 14, 2018 // Wilmington, NC // TBD @ 6:30





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The Duke Endowment has generously provided sustaining support to the Come to the Table Project and Conferences since 2007. We are deeply grateful for a relationship with funders who share a commitment to our mission and whom we consider partners in the work.