We Shall Not Be Moved

Gary R. Grant
Gary R. Grant

Film and discussion with Gary R. Grant, executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Tillery.

September 12, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Free, reservations recommended

We Shall Not Be Moved is a film about Tillery, North Carolina, which had its beginnings in the slavery of the old South. During the 1930s, the Resettement Administration of the New Deal gave landless sharecroppers the opportunity to buy their own farms. Roanoke Farms in Tillery was one of only a handful of resettlement projects for African Americans. Its families have overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow to earn their part of the American Dream. They and their successors continue to battle racism, assaults on their environment by agribusiness conglomerates, farm foreclosures, and natural disasters.

Gary R. Grant is the 2010 Washburn University Oliver L. Brown Distinguished Visiting Scholar for Diversity Issues. Mr. Grant was reared on a family farm in the New Deal community of Tillery Resettlement Farms. He holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina College at Durham (now North Carolina Central University) and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Eastern North Carolina Theological Institute. He is the executive director of the Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT). Formed in the 1990s in response to a proposed hog farm in the area, the CCT has grown to be a community organization with deep roots in the community it serves. The CCT's purpose now is to promote and improve the social, economic, and educational welfare of the citizens in the surrounding community through the self-development of its members.

To RSVP by September 10, call the Brown Foundation at (785) 235-3939 or send an email by clicking here. Free and open to the public, Sunday, September 12, 3:00 p.m., at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 SE Monroe Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612.

Image of a poster with an African American man with a mule with the words "A mule and a plow. Resettlement Administration. Small loans give farmers a new start."

Courtesy of Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Depression Era Prints at the James A. Michener Art Museum

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