Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, Inc. | Established 1997
The Legacy Continues
While BFAA has provided advocacy to its members for the past two decades, this journey did not begin here. We are simply carrying out the mandates of our leaders to be a voice in this nation and to continue to labor for the demise of social injustice and racially discriminatory practices our members face as black farmers.
US President Lyndon B. Johnson hands a pent to the Rev. Martin Luther King (2nd-R) after signing the historic Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C., 02 July 1964. AFP PHOTOI (Photo by – / AFP). AFP via Getty Images)
(Left) BFAA Ecumenical Advisor, Bishop David Allen Hall | (Right) BFAA Founder, Thomas Burrell.
BFAA | Established 1997
As a result of the continued injustices to black farmers and a passion provide a solution through advocacy, Thomas Burrell establishes the Black Farmers Association in April 1997.
April 1999 | BFAA celebrates its worldwide public media campaign in the Pigford v.Glickman class-action lawsuit.
Signifying BFAA’s relentless advocacy efforts, in the equal opportunity of black and white farmers, was the victory ruling of the 1999 Pigford v. Glickman class action lawsuit. The BFAA launch of its worldwide, public/media campaign, in the historic class-action lawsuit, gained nationwide prominence. On April 14, 1999, the lawsuit was settled for over $1 billion dollar
Pigford II | Farm Bill | 2008
Congress includes a provision in the H.R.2419 – Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). that permitted any claimant who had submitted a late-filing request under Pigford (Pigford I) and who had not previously obtained a determination on the merits of his or her claim to petition in federal court to obtain such a determination. This provision did not reopen Pigford (Pigford I) litigation, but rather provided such farmers with a new right to sue. Multiple claims were consolidated into a single case, In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (commonly referred to as Pigford II).
December 2010 | President Obama signs legislative settlement: In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (commonly referred to as Pigford II).
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: As he is surrounded by lawmakers and cabinet members, U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 4853 the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 into law December 17, 2010 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. The $858 billion bill will extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two more years and unemployment benefits for 13 months. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
2015 | BFAA files class action lawsuit: ESTATE OF EARNEST BOYLAND, et al. v. USDA
BFAA Members gather at the Association’s Headquarters (BFAA | Memphis TN) to rally in support of the descendants of Earnest Boyland.
Photo Courtesy of T. Burrell/BFAA
Biden signs the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allocating $5 Billion to Black Farmers.
US President Joe Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses in response to coronavirus, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 22, 2021. – The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a key lifeline to businesses amid the Covid-19 crisis, but the smallest among them, those least likely to have relationships with banks, often missed out. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)