Sankofa Series Monthly Webinars


Register today! Tuesday, October 20th, 2020; 4 - 5:30pm Eastern

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.


Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of Ghana. It means “go back and fetch it” and reminds us of the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bring it into the present in order to ensure a strong future. The Sankofa Series is a monthly webinar series sharing the wisdom from past NESAWG conferences again and using it to help us move forward in creating meaningful change in the food system.

NESAWG has 26 years of presenting our It Takes A Region annual conferences. In the past we have had dynamic keynote speakers, panelists, and presenters who are working towards a fair food system. In alignment with one of NESAWG’s core values "A farm and food system for all”, presenters at the NESAWG Conferences are multi-racial and economically diverse, and span across food system movements, representing various sectors and community. Presenters have been youth leaders, elders and all those in between. The Sankofa Series will feature some of your favorites from the past, revisiting some of the pertinent information shared as we continue to seek solutions to issues within the food system and create positive change.

This webinar series will happen from September to February.

Our past webinars include: 


Registration fees

Registration fees for the Sankofa Series webinars are by donation. Donations will be used to cover the cost of putting on this webinar, including stipends to presenters and technology upgrades. Any profit remaining after costs are covered will be split equally among each presenter (or their organization) and NESAWG. NESAWG will put our share of profits towards our 2021 Conference Scholarship Fund.

Below are our suggested donation levels. Please choose one that feels do-able for you, your budget, and your commitment to economic and social justice.

Free Ticket - suggested for attendees who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), low-income, students, youth (defined as 24 and younger,) have been significantly financially impacted by COVID, living with disability, and/or family farmers.

$15 - attendees who can only afford to pay this rate or who work for an organization with a budget of less than $300K who is paying their way

$30 - the estimated cost of attendance based on registration projections. Attendees who can afford to pay this rate or who work for an organization with a budget between $300K-$700K who is paying their way

$50 - high-income individuals, those who work for an organization with a budget of more than $700K, and funders



If you would like to sponsor this webinar series, please reach out to Tracy at [email protected].