FUNdraising Good Times: Creating black led inner-city land conservancies

With this column we offer food for thought. We want to start a conversation and encourage people to find a way we can protect historically black neighborhoods and grow them through inner-city, nonprofit land conservancies that African-Americans establish, contribute to, fundraise for, are actively involved in and govern.

Editor’s note: First in a series of Come Grow With Us columns.


Over the years black residents – like others – have moved out of inner-city Memphis. Some have held on to family properties, leaving them to children or other relatives. Some who have stayed in family homes have been unable to consistently invest in home repairs. Some homes are lost for nonpayment of taxes, others are abandoned. We have all witnessed neighborhoods that are home to strong…

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