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Black Farmers Won a $1.25 Billion Settlement, but Racism Ensured That Wasn’t Enough

We check in with the lawyer — Greg Francis — who won the 2010 settlement

Black farmers have lost a lot of their land over the years. Photo: Getty Images

In 1920, there were nearly one million Black farmers in the United States representing 14% of all farmers in America. By 1997, there were barely more than 18,000, less than 1%. During that time, Black…




Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant anti-Black racism is leading to violence, trauma, protest, reflection, sorrow, and more. Momentum doesn’t look away when the news cycle shifts.

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Keith Nelson Jr

Keith Nelson Jr

Writer by fate, journalist by passion. Bylines at: REVOLT,, Discogs, Vibe Magazine, Okayplayer, REVERB, LEVEL Mag

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