In the spring of 1967, U.S. Sens. Robert Kennedy of New York and Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania traveled to the Mississippi Delta to assess the effectiveness of the Johnson administration’s War on Poverty programs. The senators were stunned to witness the extremities of the state’s soul-crushing poverty, right in the middle of one of the wealthiest nations on earth.
On this Thanksgiving day, we are grateful for 20 years of the Southern Foodways Alliance working to change America’s vision of our region. A first-timer at this fall’s symposium explains how the SFA’s work moves our region into a better future.
Although the outcome of the Georgia governor’s race remains unclear, Southern black people proved they now have the money and power to gain real political influence, thanks to the rise of our region’s distinctive hip-hop culture.