Author Talk with Dr. Ashante Reese: Black Food Geographies

Deanwood Library

Author Talk with Dr. Ashante Reese: Black Food Geographies

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 2 p.m.

In her book, Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.Reese examines the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas, highlighting Black residents' navigation of and resistance to unequal food distribution systems. Linking these local food issues to the national problem of systemic racism, the author examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase.  

Dr. Reese is a professor of anthropology at Spelman College. She completed her Doctorate in anthropology (with a specialization in race, gender and social justice) at American University in 2015 where she also earned a Masters in Public Anthropology in 2013. Her dissertation, “Groceries and Gardens: Race, Place, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.” explores food access and community building. Since Fall 2016, she has taught courses in the newly developed Food Studies Program at Spelman as one of the core faculty members. 

NOTE:  This program is part of an author series in conjunction with the exhibition A Right to the City.

Image courtesy of the author.