In a new article published in collaboration with Island Press, Jacqui Patterson and Denise Fairchild examine the legacy of the “Freedmen’s Settlements” across the South and call for a new “Freedom Bureau” that can fulfill the unmet mandate of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

They write:

Freedmen’s Settlements have been historically deprived of basic necessities; some have literally been burned to the ground by those who resented the very notion of Black people doing well. Working against tremendous odds by relying on their ancestral cooperative and collective traditions to meet their economic, spiritual and social needs, several have risen above and through sheer determination and fortitude, they have carved out an existence full of promise and possibilities!

Read the full piece HERE