9:00 am- 9:30 am- Registration and Light Refreshments

9:35 am-9:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:45 am- 10:45 am-Racial Equity and NC Cooperative Extension - Moderated Panel

A panel of former and current African-American county directors of NC Cooperative Extension to speak on their leadership experiences and challenges.
Moderator: Savonala ‘Savi’ Horne, Esq.- Executive Director, Land Loss Prevention Project

Panelist: Patricia Peele- Former County Director Tyrone Fisher- Director, Orange County

Turner Pride, Jr. - Director, Vance County Delphine Sellars- Former County Director

11:00 am- Estate Planning for Farmers and Rural Landowners-Presentation

The Litigation Team of the Land Loss Prevention Project will lead a discussion on estate and transition planning, the importance of drafting a will, and heir property.

Presenter: Omari Wilson, J.D. - Senior Attorney, Land Loss Prevention Project

11:30 am- Emergency Preparedness and Minority Communities- Presentation

A presentation on the vulnerabilities low-income and minority communities face during natural disasters and how the Rural Community and Rural Development  program at NC A&T Cooperative Extension works to alleviate this issue.

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Eley- Community and Economic Development Specialist, NC A&T

12:00 pm- Lunch and Lobby Presentation

Land Grant University Segregation through Photography- Presentation

The Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries and F.D. Bluford Library will be displaying original photography and documents from the “Better Living in North Carolina” project, the S. B. Simmons Collection, John D. Wray Collection, and North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Communication Services Records

Presenters: James Stewart- Head of Archives & Special Collections, F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T

Netta Cox- Head of Serials and Government Documents Librarian, F.D. Bluford Library at NC A&T

Todd Kosmerick- University Archivist, NCSU Libraries

Virginia Ferris-Outreach and Engagement Program Librarian, NCSU Libraries |

1:00 pm- Keynote Conversation with The Honorable Eva Clayton

A conversation with Jeanne Millken Bonds, Senior Manager of Regional Community Development-Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Former Congresswoman Eva Clayton

2:00 pm Sustaining Young Black Professionals in the Agricultural Fields- Moderated Panel

A panel aimed at addressing current challenges with sustaining students in Agricultural academic programs and placing those students in careers.

Moderator: Rhyne Cureton, Graduating Senior Agricultural Education, NC A&T ‘18

Confirmed Panelist- Dr. Antoine Alston, Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Studies College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Zakiya Leggett, Assistant Professor,  Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

Kamal Bell, MS- CEO, Sankofa Farms & Biotechnology Instructor with Durham Public Schools

3:00 pm Food Access and the Role of Black Religious Leaders

A panel discussion examining the religious sector’s role in food access and healthy living in their communities.

Moderator: Lashauna Austria- Executive Director of Benevolence Farm

Panelist: Rev. Tembila Covington- Urban Agriculture Program Assistant, NC Cooperative Extension

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Founder of The Black Church Food Network

Rev.  Richard Joyner, Executive Director of Conetoe Family Life Center

4:00 pm - Closing Remarks

Master of Ceremonies
Joey Peele- Project Officer, Healthy Places by Design

Special Support Provided by:
Hannah Quigley- Food Systems Program Fellow, Self Help Credit Union
Julius Tillery- Founder of Black Cotton

Chanel Nestor, Event Organizer - Founder of North Carolina Always & Lecturer, NC A&T