Santiago’s “Stolen Lives, Stolen Future” in NYTimes, Scientific American and Instagram

Michael Santiago’s 2015 First Place Student Winning Stolen Lives, Stolen Future has been featured by both The New York Times and Scientific American. The project documents the experience of Black farmers in the U.S. His work tells of the pride of but also the decline of the African-American farmer, much of which was driven first by unjust traditions, such as sharecropping, and later by racially discriminatory loan practices, particularly by the USDA.

Santiago is taking over the Alexia Instagram feed this week with images from the project. Continue reading

Torsten Kjellstrand Documents Black Missouri Farmers

Today’s photo is from Torsten Kjellstrand’s 1993 student award of excellence project, “Black Soil: Missouri’s African-American Farmers.” The project examines the lives of black farmers in Missouri. African-American farmers are a rarity, and they face a difficult lot. In additional … Continue reading