National Black Farmers' Conference
May 9, 1998
Michigan State Fairgrounds, Detroit, MI
Michigan Congresspeople John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick are
joining the Michigan Black Farmers Coalition, the Natinoal Black Farmers
Association and others to convene this national conference on Black farmer
* to raise public awareness of the issues concerning Black farmers;
* to increase African-American involvement in the US Agribusiness industry
through infrastructure development;
* to develop a plan of action to prevent the further demise of Black
farmers in America;
* to forge linkages between urban and rural communities in order to
establish agriculture as a viable alternative economic route toward
economic empowerment for all African Americans;
*to educate our youth about the historical importance of farming and to
attract youth to agricultural careers;
* to help African American youth understand that in any effort toard
achieving economic independence and self-sufficiency, the principle of
self-determination begins with being able to feed ourselves.
Invited speakers: National Black Farmers Assn. President John Boyd Jr., Dr.
Joseph Lowery, Drue Brown, MI Congressman Bennie Thompson, US Secretary of
Agriculture Dan Glickman, former US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy,
Attorneys Sam Tayler and Alex Pires.
SPECIAL YOUTH PROGRAM: The conference will place special emphasis on youth
and youth opportunities, featuring hands on educational experiences and
motivational speakers for young people.
Registration 8:30 a.m.
Conference kickoff 9:00 a.m.
Registration fee $10, includes lunch
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE OR HOW TO REGISTER AS A
PARTICIPANT OR EXHIBITOR, CALL DEWAYNE BOYD OR DEANNA MAHER SCALLEN AT
J.M. (Meg) Moynihan
P.O. Box 4903 East Lansing MI 48826
Ph: 517.353.3209 Fax: 517.353.7186
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