Free Eastern Market Movie Night – Homecoming

A FREE monthly Gathering celebrating the connections between health, the environment, agriculture, food security, the economy & our community.

Wednesday, May 18 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Eastern Market’s Shed 5 

Russell St.
Detroit, Michigan

This Month’s FREE Film: Homecoming
The epic story of Black farmers and land loss in the South, HOMECOMING… SOMETIMES I AM HAUNTED BY MEMORIES OF RED DIRT AND CLAY, is the story of African-American land loss and a chronicle of black farmers from the Civil War to the present. HOMECOMING features archival footage and audio tracks including the voices of Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer and Julian Bond. The film also excerpts the testimony of freed slaves, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and the writings of August Wilson. Producer/director Charlene Gilbert places her own family farm in Montezuma, Georgia squarely in the historical context of the black farm movement in America. Narrated by Charles S. Dutton (TV’s “Roc,” COOKIE’S FORTUNE), HOMECOMING was produced for the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Homecoming is particularly relevant in light of the drafting of Detroit Food Policy and the formation of the Detroit Food Policy Council, Detroit Food Justice Task Force and the Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System groups. Homecoming provides a critical analysis of race, class and the concentration of wealth and power have had on the poor and so- called “racial minorities”. In Detroit, where the majority of the population is African-American, there is not one major chain grocery store and of the independently owned ones, less than a handful is black-owned. As a result, African-Americans suffer from food and economic insecurity and a disparate amount of chronic health conditions.

About the Market Movie Night Series:
Join us every third Wednesday of the month for this casual event. PLEASE BRING A LAWN OR CAMP CHAIR! Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Shed.

This Month’s Free Movie is sponsored by Earthworks Urban Farm, a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Earthworks Urban Farm works to build a movement for a just, beautiful food system for all. We grow safe, healthy food on over 2 acres of certified organic gardens on Detroit’s east side. Primarily, these fruits and vegetables are served in some of the nearly 2000 meals served daily at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. We educated neighborhood youth about gardening and healthy cooking. We provide resources for local gardeners, including the guest of the soup kitchen, and host monthly food justice community gatherings. Join us to create a world where everyone has a place at the table!

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