About this Event
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605
Join the Russell Library for the fourth annual Food, Power, and Politics Lecture featuring Maurice Bailey, president and CEO of Save Our Legacy Ourself (SOLO), a non-profit based on Sapelo Island.
Bailey will discuss the revival of heritage crops and the preservation of the culture, heritage, and traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people on Sapelo Island.
Nik Heynen will moderate the event.
Light reception to follow.
Bailey is a ninth generation Sapelo Island resident, son of Cornelia Walker Bailey and great-great-great-great-great grandson of Bilali Mohammed. Along with his mother, he started the revival of heritage crops on Sapelo Island. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Save Our Legacy Ourself (SOLO), a non-profit based on Sapelo Island, which is focused on reviving agriculture with the mission of preserving the culture, heritage, and traditions of Saltwater Geechee people on Sapelo Island. SOLO also works on land retention and climate change mitigation planning on Sapelo Island. Bailey is also the co-director of UGA’s Cornelia Walker Bailey Program on Land and Agriculture. His advocacy has been covered in many magazines and media outlets.
Heynen is a Distinguished Research Professor in Department of Geography at the University of Georgia, a Visiting Scholar in the Food Studies Program at Spelman College, and the co-director of UGA’s Cornelia Walker Bailey Program on Land and Agriculture with Bailey.
Photo of Maurice Bailey courtesy of Rinne Allen.