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FEL-272890-21Research Programs: FellowshipsBobby J. Smith IIFood Power Politics: Race, Civil Rights, and Food Access in the Mississippi Delta8/1/2022 - 7/31/2023$60,000.00BobbyJ.Smith   Board of Trustees of the University of IllinoisChampaignIL61801-3620USA2020African American StudiesFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Writing and revision for a book on civil rights-era food justice movements and contemporary food politics and activism in the rural South.

Food Power Politics uses archival materials and qualitative data to examine the interaction between oppressive and emancipatory practices of food power as exercised in the Mississippi Delta from the civil rights era to today. By documenting these dynamics, my book shifts the way we understand civil rights history and current struggles against food disparities in black communities. It offers a new line of inquiry that uncovers a neglected period of the movement when activists expanded the meaning of civil rights to address food, and control over access to food, as integral to social and economic conditions. This meaning-making process is used as a model by black communities today that mobilize around the food justice movement. By making these connections, my book brings together histories of civil rights with food justice studies to illuminate the connections between civil rights activism and present-day food justice activism in rural black communities in the Delta.