Maybe you’re thinking you’ve heard this one before: A young, white gardener works at a predominantly African American private school in a neighborhood choked by poverty, its streets pocked by vacant houses, its residents cut off from the rest of the city by substandard public transportation.
This article first appeared in issue #53 of our Gravy quarterly. The author, Catarina Passidomo, is an assistant professor of anthropology and Southern Studies who teaches foodways classes at the University of Mississippi. Why Study Food Justice? Lessons From Post-Katrina New Orleans by Catarina Passidomo When I tell people that I study food, the response is usually one of … Continued
De’Vante Wiley grew up in the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, Mississippi. In 2009, when he was just 16, he founded the Baptist Town Community Garden.