Dr. Monica M. White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Her publications include, “D-Town Farm: How African American Resistance to Food Insecurity is Transforming Detroit,” published in Environmental Practice and “Sisters of the Soil: Urban Gardening as Resistance in Detroit,” published in Race/Ethnicity: Multicultural Global Contexts. She is currently working on her first book, entitled, “Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement.” This book offers a multi-dimensional analysis of the work of Black farmers and their mobilization efforts to respond to race and class-based structural inequities and provides a historical investigation of their struggles to grow food.
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