Charis welcomes Spelman College professor Ashanté Reese to celebrate the release of her book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C..
In Black Food Geographies, Reese exposes the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas, highlighting Black residents’ navigation of and resistance to unequal food distribution systems. Linking these local food issues to the national problem of systemic racism, Reese examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Reese not only documents racism and residential segregation in the nation’s capital but also tracks the ways transnational food corporations have shaped food availability. By connecting community members’ stories to the larger issues of racism and gentrification, Reese shows there are hundreds of Deanwoods across the country. Reese’s geographies of self-reliance offer an alternative to models that depict Black residents as lacking agency, demonstrating how an ethnographically grounded study can locate and amplify nuances in how Black life unfolds within the context of unequal food access. Although the book focuses on D.C., it has much to teach us about Black food geographies in Atlanta and beyond.
This is a Charis Circle Urban Sustainability and Wellness Event. The suggested donation is $5.
Pre-order your copy of the book to be picked up at the event: https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/book/9781469651507