Join Ajiah Gilbert, Dominique Edwards, Nia Williams & Maia Robinson in this discussion on the different faces of environmental racism and how to recognize it in your community, as well as the lost connection of Black Americans to gardening.
The panelist will also go deep into the importance of Community Gardens as places for connection, resilience, health and wellness in Black communities. Finally, Maia and Nia will talk about their ideas to bring gardening into Evanston and how they wish to reach out to Black residents to make this happen.
If there is time left, we will discuss discuss our favorite literature around Black gardening.
Ajiah Gilbert, , Greenest Region Corps Member, has a BA in Biology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of San Diego. Her thesis was postulated around 'Black Centered Alternative Food Movements to Address Environmental Racism'.
Dominique D. Edwards, M.A. is a Black urban planner from Northwest Indiana who specializes in local and regional food systems. A DePaul University graduate from the Sustainable Urban Development program, Edwards works directly in marginalized communities to improve food security. Edwards and her work has been recognized and published in the newly released children's book, One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet by Anuradha Rao. Edwards is a dedicated public servant who holds positions on the local, regional, and state level such as: Vice-Chair of the Michigan City Sustainability Commission, Northern Region Representative of the American Planning Association's Indiana Chapter, and is a Board Member and founding member of the NWI Food Council.
A few talking points she will discuss are the impacts of redlining and Jim Crow on local food systems, the impact of food apartheid on marginalized communities, and the importance of Black led food sovereignty movements.
Maia Robinson is getting her BA in Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University '22, while Nia Williams is getting their BA in Biological Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University.