(PRWEB) February 03, 2010
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 3, 2010 -- Rallies throughout the South will urge Congress to take immediate action to remedy decades of discrimination, according to the National Black Farmers Association (nbfarally.com).
Supporters will gather in seven cities prior to a presentation in Washington D.C. on Monday, Feb. 15. Black farmers are urging Congress to make just compensation for discrimination -- $1.15 billion -- part of the 2010 budget. That means acting in the coming weeks on assurances previously made by President Obama.
The Fairness for Black Farmers Now schedule is as follows:
Sat., Feb. 6, 11am, Kick-off Press Conference, Little Rock, AR at the downtown Hilton
Mon., Feb. 8, 11am rally in Memphis, TN at Handy Park
Tue. Feb 9, 11am in Jackson, MS at Battlefield Park
Wed., Feb. 10, 11am in Montgomery, AL in front of the Capitol
Thur., Feb. 11, 11am in Columbus, GA at the Civic Center
Fri., Feb. 12, 11am in Columbia, SC at the Clarion Hotel
Sat., Feb. 13, 11am in Richmond, VA at the downtown Hilton
The rallies culminate with a presentation on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 15, in front of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. (Jefferson Davis side, between 12th and 14th Streets on the edge of the National Mall near the Jamie L. Whitten Building).
Dr. John Boyd will lead each rally. Founder of NBFA, Dr. Boyd consistently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's most influential African-Americans. He and local farmers will be available for interviews at each location. For more information, please contact Billy Warden, 919.412.0630, or Greg Behr, 919.272.5621.
To follow the rallies online, please visit nbfarally.com and find the National Black Farmers Association on Facebook.
About National Black Farmers Association
Founded: 1995 by John Boyd, Jr. of Baskerville, VA
John W. Boyd Jr. is a fourth generation farmer as well as one of America’s most effective defenders of civil rights. He has been featured in The Washington Post, “60 Minutes,” “Nightline,” CNN and as ABC News Tonight’s “Person of the Week.” He is a past nominee for the NAACP’s highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine’s most influential African-Americans.
In 1995, Boyd founded the National Black Farmers Association after encountering the US Department of Agriculture’s discriminatory practices first-hand and meeting many more black farmers who shared this experience. Boyd soon led NBFA members in a march on the White House. He went on to meet with President Clinton and to testify before Congress. The plight of black farmers had caught the nation’s attention, but Boyd’s pursuit of justice continues to this day.