Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land

Farmer in Gaining Ground

Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land

Executive Producers: Al Roker, Eternal Polk
Producer/Director: Eternal Polk
Producers: Chimene Williams, Denise Hurst Green, Francisco Newman

In just a few decades after the end of enslavement, Black Americans were able to amass millions of acres of farmland. Today approximately 90% of that land is no longer in Black hands. Various factors have been employed to take Black land including violence, eminent domain and government discrimination. But it is a little-known issue, Heirs’ Property which has had a devastating effect on Black land ownership. Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land is a stirring documentary from Executive Producer Al Roker and Emmy-nominated Director Eternal Polk that explores the legacy of black farming in America, land use and loss, and how landowners are reclaiming their agricultural rights and creating paths to generational wealth.

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