Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III
Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the Founding Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School, an educational platform based on the Freedom Schools of the 1960's. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which provides seed funding and support to help churches begin growing food on their land. The Network also links Black Churches and Black Farmers in partnership in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and Black food and land sovereignty. For nearly two decades, Dr. Brown has demonstrated his commitment to advocacy for social justice on every level and he has deservedly been recognized as a leading change-maker of this time.