In We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land and, Legacy, author Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations and first-person stories to examine Black people's connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. In the 1920's, there were over one million black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Baszile explores this crisis through the farmers' personal experiences. In their own words, Black farmers explain why they continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss. The "Returning Generation"—young farmers, who are building upon the legacy of their ancestors, talk about the challenges they face as they seek to redress issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and reparations. These farmers are joined by other influential voices including noted historians Analena Hope Hassberg and Pete Daniel, and award-winning author Clyde W. Ford. Poetry and inspirational quotes are woven into these diverse narratives, adding richness and texture, as well as stunning four-color photographs from photographers Alison Gootee and Malcom Williams, and Baszile's personal collection.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.