Sun., March 20, 4 pm
Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 94563 & also livestreamed
The Orinda Community Church (OCC) is hosting a public lecture featuring Natalie Baszile this Sun., March 20 at 4 pm. This is both an in-person event and available via livestream. OCC is opening their doors to the community so that Ms. Baszile can engage us in a vital conversation about the history and current predicament of Black farmers in the United States.
Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, which has been turned into a television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network produced by Ava DuVernay. Baszile is also the editor of We Are Each Other’s Harvest, a collection of essays, interviews, photographs, and poems about Black American farmers. Natalie Baszile graduated from UCLA with an MA in Afro-American Studies and has an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. She started writing what became Queen Sugar in the 1990s, exploring an African-American–themed tale of endurance and hope in the American South. She worked on the text for ten years. Baszile attended a women writer’s retreat in Hedgebrook where she read part of a chapter from Queen Sugar to the group. From that came the opportunity to have her story made into a series on the Oprah NETWORK. Register for the event by going to https://www.orindacommunitychurch.org/annual-lecture
You’re invited to watch this video to hear Baszile discussing her anthology about black farmers in the United States, We Are Each Other’s Harvest, before Sunday’s lecture.