Author Talk with Dr. Ashante Reese: Black Food Geographies

Author Talk with Dr. Ashante Reese: Black Food Geographies


In her book, Black Food GeographiesReese examines the structural forces that determine food access in urban areas, highlighting Black residents’ navigation of and resistance to unequal food distribution systems. Linking these local food issues to the national problem of systemic racism, the author examines the history of the majority-Black Deanwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C.  Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Image courtesy of the author.


NOTE:  This program is part of an author series in conjunction with the exhibition A Right to the City and will take place at the Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St NE 


Dr. Reese is a professor of anthropology at Spelman College. She completed her Doctorate in anthropology (with a specialization in race, gender, and social justice) at American University in 2015 where she also earned a Masters in Public Anthropology in 2013. Her dissertation, “Groceries and Gardens: Race, Place, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.” explores food access and community building. Since Fall 2016, she has taught courses in the newly developed Food Studies Program at Spelman as one of the core faculty members. 


This program is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with DC Public Library.