Reverend Dr. Heber Brown Talks to Rewire About Food and Faith
An interview with the new generation of Black farmers and faith leaders that are cultivating the future of food sovereignty.
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July 17, 2020

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In an article published on July 10, 2020, “Voices from the Front Lines,” Rewire profiled the new generation of Black farmers and faith leaders that are cultivating the future of food sovereignty. As the senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and founder of the Black Church Food Security Network, the Reverend Dr. Heber Brown touched on the role of the Black church in food sovereignty and how faith and land can be intertwined.

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

On the role of the Black church in food sovereignty:


I wanted to anchor this work in the place where Black folk feel most free, and the Black church is one of the few places where they have a sufficient degree of autonomy, economic resources, physical assets, heritage and history. It’s a place where those most directly impacted by the issue have sufficient room, power, authority and agency to speak to it, guide it, define it and own it in every way.


The fact that Black churches have been in this country since the late 1700s shows me that it’s an institution that has sustainable power and resilience. Black churches have been burned down. Pastors have been assassinated. Churches have been bombed. Crosses have been burned. But, through it all, the Black church is still here. Anything that can survive centuries of racist violence and white supremacy ⁠— that’s where I want to put this kind of effort. 

Read more at Rewire: Voices from the Front Lines of Food Justice


This summer we’re decreasing dependence on an unjust food system by organizing what’s in our hands to build the system that we need. Help us meet our goals of promoting gardening, patronizing black farmers, and practicing emergency food storage by donating to our Faith, Food, and Freedom Summer campaign. Any amount helps. Donate today!

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