Forgotten Rural Black Women: What Happens When the Farms and Men Are Gone?

Forgotten Rural Black Women: What Happens When the Farms and Men Are Gone?

Fifty years ago when NC’s agricultural landscape was flourishing, African American women were surrounded by strong-spirited black men who loved the land and their children. Now, all across NC, the farm equipment stands silent and there are echoes in the barns. Where did the farmers go? Many families fled to small towns and urban areas for hourly wages. What happened to the families who stayed? Where, now, are the old women who still survive long after the men have died and the children are grown and gone? Starting within her own community, E.J. Stewart has documented the lives of some of these fascinating women. In this program, she shares how these women have developed other interests and created binding camaraderie.

Requirements: 
Lectern, microphone, and if feasible, a wide-bottomed comfortable armchair