The SFA is embarking on a collaboration with the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI), a three-state initiative in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi that "promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by Southern rural black women." The short film featured above is a great introduction to the organization and its New Visions program, a formal effort to engage and involve young women in the work of SRBWI through teaching marketable skills in media technology and production.
A few months ago, the SRBWI contacted SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter to inquire about oral history training for their New Visions students. That conversation led to the development of a project to document the farmers in the SRBWI's Women in Agriculture Program, a branch of which is in the Mississippi Delta.
Next month, Amy will meet with a group of students from the Mississippi branch of the New Visions program to mentor them in the field of oral history and organize a project to collect interviews with farmers from the Mississippi Delta's Women in Agriculture program--stories that we look forward to featuring as part of this year's SFA programming theme, the Cultivated South.
We'll keep you posted on this exciting collaboration. In the meantime, visit the SRBWI website for more information on the organization and its inspiring programs.