The 43rd Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Beans, Greens, Tomatoes: Food Accessibility and Justice in the Black Diaspora

The 43rd Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

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The Clement A. Price Institute invite you to join us for the 43rd Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series,  "Beans, Greens, Tomatoes: Food, Accessibility and Justice in the Black Diaspora"

In the wake of increasing environmental disasters, housing crises, and food insecurity, Black communities across the world raise new questions about the importance of equitable access to land, water, and food. Spanning a broad cross-section of age, ethnicity, faith, and nationality, Black liberation activism and thought, in this century, emphasizes renewed concern with equitable food systems through land stewardship and culinary practice. Revived attention to the foodways and practices of African descended people underscores the celebration of and return to farming practices and culinary traditions that sustain Black history and culture from one generation to the next. Collectively, Psyche Williams-Forson, Lolis E. Eric, Jessica B. Harris, and Edda L. Fields-Black remind us that food and foodways are vital elements of justice, equality, and community identity. Through their writing, research, teaching, and creative productions they highlight a powerful means of looking to our future by re-examining our past.


How to join on the day of the conference:

Please complete the registration via Eventbrite and select from In- Person Attendance or Virtual attendance. For the In-person attendance we are collaborating with Eclectic Catering who has created a special menu for the luncheon. Please note the price of the lunch is $10 and it should be paid on the day of the event directly to the caterer. (Please make sure to bring exact change)

 

For the online Audience, the streaming link will be emailed the week prior to MTW.

The Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture (MTW) series was co-founded in 1981 by Rutgers University-Newark Professor Clement A. Price and Giles R. Wright of the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the MTW Study Club, who launched the series with the conviction that understanding the historical context of racism would aid in organizing struggles building a beloved community and a better world. The conference is named in honor of East Orange native Marion Thompson Wright (1902-1962)  the first black female to earn a history PhD-the focus was on "The Education of Negroes in New Jersey" (Columbia University, 1941). Her research helped the NAACP overturn the " but equal" doctrine in "Brown v. Board of Education". Later, she joined the faculty of Howard University where she was devoted to nurturing students. In her honor, the series brings outstanding thinkers and doers in African and African American life and history. Diverse, civically engaged, and devoted to life-long learners, the MTW Series is one of the nation’s most distinguished and longest running lectures. The Clement A. Price Institute is devoted to building deep historical justice in our region and beyond.

 

About Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

The Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture (MTW) series was co-founded in 1981 by Rutgers University-Newark Professor Clement A. Price and Giles R. Wright of the New Jersey Historical Commission who launched the series with the belief that the rigorous exploration of the past, made accessible to a broad public of learners, would help guide the nation into a brighter future. The conference is named in honor of a native of East Orange. Marion Thompson Wright was arguably the first black female professional historian and a pioneer in Black New Jersey historiography. In her honor, the series brings outstanding thinkers and doers of African and African American life and history. Diverse, civically engaged, and devoted to life-long learners, the MTW Series is one of the nation’s most distinguished and longest-running lectures. The Clement A. Price Institute is devoted to building deep historical justice in our region and beyond.

 

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If you would like more information or have questions about the event, please email us at priceinstitute@newark.rutgers.edu