Reparations, Food Sovereignty, and Starvation in America

“Down where we are, food is used as a political weapon. But if you have a pig in your backyard, if you have some vegetables in your garden, you can feed yourself and your family, and nobody can push you around.” ~ Fannie Lou Hamer

As the Black race in America approaches its darkest hour, film makers, Omowale Afrika and Frank Edwards join forces to tell one of the most untold stories in Black American history, the fight for food sovereignty in the South. The struggle for African Americans to adequately feed themselves, has persisted in this country since emancipation, and is perhaps one of the most enduring legacies of the period of enslavement. It is commonly known that “slaves were regularly starved so that masters could exercise control over their “property”; but for Black residents in the South, coercion through starvation continued long after enslavement.

“Now more than ever, I need all those who have worked with me to push forward with the kazi (work) and mission that we have struggled to bring to fruition to step up the kazi (work). Right Now! I need all of us to internalize the conceptual context of “Pamoja Tutashinde” (Together We Will Win).”

On October 9, 2010, Baba Hannibal would give his final public talk, post-surgery. Within a year of this final public gathering, he passed away. Hannibal Afrik was one of the most respected, consistent, and disciplined freedom fighters Black America has ever had, and the fact that very few people in this present generation even know of him, means that he has purposely been erased from our history.

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Omowale Afrika

Omowale Afrika

Father. Husband. Fighter. Writer. #IWriteWhatILike