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Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) – U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities…


Sustainable forestry provides a way for African American landowners to maintain their deep and often ancestral ties with the land, while at the same time derive income from their holdings and keep it in the family for generations to come.

The Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program (SFLR) improves forest management by connecting African American landowners to established networks of forestry support including federal and state government programs, businesses, and nonprofit conservation, legal, and community development organizations. 

The hubs of these networks are trusted community-based organizations with strong connections to minority families and institutions. These organizations sustain relationships of trust, assist and educate landowners, broker forestry…

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Churches: The heartbeat of African-American communities


In an article appearing in the Greenville Journal, Furman Professor of Religion Helen Lee Turner comments on why so many slaves converted to Christianity in the 18th century. In the story, which explores the impact of African-American churches on communities, Turner said, “[The church/religion] was giving them a sense of identity that says, ‘You’re a child of God, you’re not just chattel, you’re not just property.’” 

Turner is the Reuben B. Pitts Chair for the Department of Religion. She teaches courses in American religion, Judaism, and Native American religion.

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ATF Report: African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities


The African Task Force Report “African Regional Communities and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities” was released to the public on October 11, 2016 in Addis Ababa

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The report is also available in french: Les Communautes Regionales Africaines et la Prevention des Atrocities de Masse.

The single chapters on the Regional Communities will be soon available.

Learn more about the initiative HERE

Learn more about the members of the African Task Force HERE

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the heartbeat of African American communities


The Rev. James Speed leads Allen Temple AME Church in positively impacting the community. Photo by Will Crooks.

The monstrosity of slavery birthed something more powerful than slaveowners could’ve ever anticipated. The church.

Black churches rose among the horrors of slavery to allow African-Americans a safe place of spiritual equality and self-expression. Today, churches in Greenville continue to be the nucleus of black communities.

Community impact

The church plays many roles in the 21st-century black community. The Rev. Darian Blue, senior pastor of Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church, says the church today continues to act, in a sense, as a shelter from injustice and discrimination. 

“While some black churches have moved outside of the communities … it is still a…

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African Jewish communities get some mainstream recognition after years on the margins


NEW YORK (JTA) — At a conference here on Jewish life in Africa, Magda Haroun spoke of being only one of a handful of Jews left in Egypt, a country that was once home to a Jewish community of 80,000.

Abere Endeshaw Kerehu shared the struggles faced by the approximately 8,000 Jews still living in Ethiopia who face anti-Semitism at home but have not yet been allowed to immigrate to Israel.

But others offered a more optimistic picture. Rabbi Levi Banon said Casablanca, Morocco is home to “a small but very vibrant” Jewish community that operates 22 active synagogues, while Remy Ilona urged acceptance of a growing community of Nigerian Igbo people who he says are practicing rabbinic Judaism.

The conference, hosted by the American Sephardi Federation and the Morocco-based…

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African Jewish communities get some mainstream recognition after years on the margins – Diaspora



At a conference here on Jewish life in Africa, Magda Haroun spoke of being only one of a handful of Jews left in Egypt, a country that was once home to a Jewish community of 80,000.

Abere Endeshaw Kerehu shared the struggles faced by the approximately 8,000 Jews still living in Ethiopia who face anti-Semitism at home but have not yet been allowed to immigrate to Israel.

But others offered a more optimistic picture. Rabbi Levi Banon said Casablanca, Morocco is home to “a small but very vibrant” Jewish community that operates 22 active synagogues, while Remy Ilona urged acceptance of a growing community of Nigerian Igbo people who he says are practicing rabbinic Judaism.

The conference, hosted by the American Sephardi Federation and the Morocco-based Association Mimouna…

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