Civil rights attorney and policy advocate Maya Wiley will be the featured speaker at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Annual Lecture, Feb. 27 in Durham. Wiley will speak on the topic, “Unmasking Inequities: Building Toward a More Just Food System for All.”
The lecture, sponsored by CEFS and the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc., will be at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster St., Durham, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with some reserved seating available.
“We all need to eat, and we all need that food to be healthy,” Wiley said. “We aren’t there yet as a nation, but we need to talk about how small family farms can be viable businesses that supply healthy food.”
Wiley is the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization that works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural racial inequity into structural fairness and inclusion. Wiley graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1989 and is a frequent speaker on the national stage and author of many influential policy articles.
“Ms. Wiley’s lecture promises to be thought-provoking. We hope that it will spark further dialogue around food justice and creating equitable and fair food systems accessible by all North Carolinians,” said Nancy Creamer, CEFS director from N.C. State University.
“We hope to stimulate greater engagement in the resurrection of a local food system inclusive of people of color and to discuss the best paths to achieve equity and fairness in the food system,” said John O’Sullivan, CEFS director from N.C. A&T State University.
In addition to the public lecture, other events associated with Wiley’s visit will include a Friends of CEFS reception, a high school speaking engagement and community luncheon in Goldsboro, a food justice leadership dinner and a dialogue with faculty, administrators and students at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro. Compass Group is a sponsor of the lecture and associated events.
The CEFS Sustainable Agriculture Lecture series has traditionally featured dynamic and world-renowned thinkers and doers including Carlo Petrini, founder of the international Slow Food organization; Judy Wicks, co-founder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE); Will Allen, MacArthur Genius Award recipient and founder of Growing Power Inc.; and USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan.