The Legacy of Black Land Ownership: A Conversation with June and Angie Provost

“If you take care of the land, the land takes care of you,” said Wenceslaus “June” Provost Jr., a fourth-generation sugarcane farmer from Louisiana. “For me, farming is everything. It’s my life. It was never a job.” Provost spoke to a packed room on Feb. 19 with his wife, Angie, as part of the LBJ School’s 23rd Annual Barbara Jordan National Forum. The Provosts, who were featured by the New York Times’ acclaimed “1619” podcast, spoke about the legacy of black land ownership in America and the racial discrimination and harrassment they experienced as black farmers in the South....

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