Amani Olugbala, a community educator at Soul Fire Farm, will deliver a lecture titled "Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty" on April 17 at 7 p.m. in Gund Gallery. They will also participate in a panel discussion, "Building Sustainable Communities Around Agriculture," on April 18 at 11:10 a.m. in Peirce Lounge.
Amani Olugbala is a storyteller and food justice advocate with over 15 years of experience in youth education and community outreach. Amani combines artistic expression, project-based learning and outdoor education tools to facilitate social justice based workshops and discussions with individuals, groups and organizations. Amani seeks to push communities to challenge presumed differences and work together in uncovering paths interlocked paths towards self determination and community liberation.
Amani is the assistant director of programs at Soul Fire Farm and a 2015 alum of the farm’s Black and Latinx Farmer Immersion. The majority of Amani’s growing experience comes from time spent at Soul Fire and youth-centered garden projects in New York’s Capital District. Amani’s work with the Natural Leaders and Youth Ed Venture Network underscored the necessity of reintroduction to land as a source of healing and power for those of us historically and systematically disconnected.
Raptivist, spoken word artist and abolitionist, Amani O+ is driven to uplift love, art and service as necessary expressions of rebellion against a sense of disconnection and hopelessness that threatens our collective peace and wellness.
Both events are sponsored by the Rural Cause at Kenyon, the Office of Green Initiatives and the Black Student Union.
Thursday, April 18 at 11:10am
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