Representations of Black midwestern communities are replete with images of shuttered factories, dilapidated buildings, and contaminated waterways. We are continuously besieged with the rhetoric of decline, insolvency, and reversal. Yet Black Midwesterners throughout the region continue to model new and innovative ways of solving old and evolving problems. This panel focuses on the important work Black Michiganders are doing in ethical urban planning and community revitalization, in developing urban agriculture and fighting for food sovereignty, and, ultimately, toward building more just and sustainable environments.
Michelle S. Johnson