Black History Moment: The Freedom Georgia Initiative

by Feb 21, 2021Blog0 comments

Today’s black history moment about The Freedom Georgia Initiative, highlights an example as to why intentional families develop among African Americans that are biologically unrelated to one another: establish a “safe space” for relief/protection from persecution, racial discrimination, marginalization.
The Freedom Georgia Initiative – Key Highlights
* Located in Wilkinson County, Georgia, 130 miles south of Atlanta
* Involves the $1.7 million purchase of available 96 acres of rural land near the town of Toomsboro, GA
* Availability of land inspired two black women, Renee Waters and Ashley Scott (realtor), to spearhead a proposal to acquire the land
* In September 2020, Renee and Ashley brought together 19 different African American families, to raise the $1.7 million dollars to purchase the 96 acres of land
The Freedom Georgia Initiative – Significance
* The collective purchase of 96 acres of land by 19 different African American families, was a successful exercise of group economics
* Like earlier moments of general racial strife/tension that occurred throughout American history, Freedom Georgia is the latest effort of African Americans from different family backgrounds, uniting around a goal to establish & cultivate an environment of mutual self-protection and care
Visit the websites below and/or conduct your own research to learn more about The Freedom Georgia Initiative:
The Freedom Georgia Initiative
ABC News: “Black Americans are leaving their homes to start their own all-Black communities”

 

Article: “19 Black families purchased 96.71 acres of rural Georgia land for a ‘fresh start’ with a Black-centric community

 

Video (interview with founder of “Freedom Georgia”): “19 Black Families Purchase 97 Acres To Build A Community”