[MCN] Food justice leader to speak

Neva Hassanein hassaneinneva40 at montana.com
Wed Sep 7 16:27:04 EDT 2016



The Challenge and Potential of Food Justice


Who:           Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Executive Director and co-founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network


Where:           North Underground Lecture Hall, University of Montana


When:            Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 pm


Malik Yakini will discuss the work of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) as an example of a grassroots effort to build community self-determination.  He will also address the potential and challenges of the movement to build a just food system in the United States.


In addition to his work with DBCFSN, which involves operating a seven-acre urban farm and spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End, Yakini serves on the board of Food First and was a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. His work has helped transform Detroit into a healthier, more vibrant city, and his efforts in urban agriculture and community development have improved Detroiters’ access to high quality, fresh produce. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice, and equality.


This is a free, public event sponsored by UM Environmental Studies Program, UM African American Studies Program, UM Dining, UM Students for Peace and Justice, Turning the Wheel Missoula, the Good Food Store, and Garden City Harvest.


For more information, visit hs.umt.edu/evst or neva.hassanein at umontana.edu 



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