The United States enforces strict labor laws with tough penalties to protect young workers: except those who pick the food we eat. Uprooted Innocence, produced by the Farmworker Advocacy Network and Professor Bruce Orenstein’s video and social change class at Duke University, brings to light the lives of these children, who work on industrial farms yet … Continued
Meet Your Farmworker by Atlee Webber is an informative short-film on invisible farmworkers in South Carolina. Eighty-five percent of produce in the United States is picked by hand. Agribusiness is South Carolina’s number one industry. But do we know who brings our food from farm to table? Winner of the 2013 SAF Petrow-Freeman Documentary Award, … Continued
John Egerton, who passed away last week, said in an interview with SFA filmmaker Joe York:
“When I realized how much Southern food meant to me and meant to people who wanted the South to have a more rounded image than just the violence and the racism, I began to realize that food is the great communications medium, it’s the great binder that brings us together as a people…It’s so much more than just the food.” This Thanksgiving, let’s consider how others’ traditions enrich our own.
Civil rights pioneer and legislator Julian Bond will deliver the 2013 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill on November 19, 2013.
Next year, the Southern Foodways Alliance will explore inclusion and exclusion at the Southern table in 2014. This theme is two-fold. It marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Southern restaurants. It also challenges us to take an honest look at ourselves today—for the sake of tomorrow. Who is included? Who is excluded? For the Southern table, what are the implications of obesity? Class, nationality, and sexuality? These are critical issues to ponder. Sustainable South hopes to draw your attention to agricultural groups tackling inclusion and exclusion from the field.
Here is a meditation of Edna Lewis, the New York city restaurant Cafe Nicholson, restaurant laborer pay, and the new book, Behind the Kitchen Door.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Turry Flucker, Anna Hamilton, and Kate Hudson, three graduate students from the University of Mississippi’s Southern Studies program, spent two weeks doing research, documentary, and oral history work in Jackson, Mississippi, for a project sponsored by the SFA and the UoM’s Media and Documentary Projects. Their work examines the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the … Continued
The Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC) and the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi announce a $1,000 research grant to catalyze scholarship on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the desegregation of Southern restaurants. When President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2 of that … Continued