Building Resilient Black Food Systems

Courtesy of Pepper, C.M. DC Public Library, Historical Image Collection
Courtesy of E.B. Thompson, DC Public Library, Historical Image Collection
Courtesy of DC Public Library, Historical Image Collection
Courtesy of Frances Benjamin Johnson,
DC Public Library, Historical Image Collection
Courtesy of Capital City Co.
Credit: Dominique Hazzard
Credit: Chris Leaman © Washingtonian Magazine
Courtesy of Xavier Brown
Courtesy of Dr. Page (Page pictured far right, 1970s)

Courtesy of Dennis Chestnut

Courtesy of Jennifer Bryant
Credit: DC Public Library, Star Collection © Washington Post
Courtesy of Zachari Curtis

Credit: Anacostia Community Museum

The Humanities Truck took part in the Rooting DC Conference on February 29, 2020, an opportunity to learn about and discuss urban gardening and food systems. We spoke with conference attendees about their experiences with food systems and access in DC.

Maisha-Atrice Ayodele (Unearthing Tales) and Dominique Hazzard (Anacostia Community Museum), in partnership with the Humanities Truck, curated and displayed the above exhibit that highlights historical accounts and contemporary snapshots of food movements in the nation’s capital. This exhibit highlights stories from DC residents about their engagement with the local food system. The stories are organized around the wisdom of adrienne maree brown’s “Emergent Strategy” and Leah Penniman’s “Farming While Black.”

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