BFAA National President
Gary R. Grant (NC)
GARY R. GRANT the Executive Director of the internationally acclaimed Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) for the past twenty-three years, is also the founding president of the national Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA - 1997), the director of the National Land Loss Fund (LLF), and Co-Director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. The son of the late Matthew and Florenza Moore Grant (2001), Mr. Grant was reared on a family farm in the New Deal Community of Tillery Farms, located in Halifax County, North Carolina. Holder of a BA degree from North Carolina College (now NC Central University), Durham, NC, Mr. Grant was a teacher in the Tillery community, Halifax County School System for 12 years, and also worked with the New York City Department of Human Services. Grant has appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes “Pork Power” 1996, several appearances on North Carolina Now on NC Public Television, and numerous other media. He has authored and co-authored several papers on the destruction of the environment by corporate hog growing facilities and the decline of the Black farmers in America
As a progressive community activist, Gary R. Grant has served on the boards of directors for the Halifax County Board of Education (elected 1982-1986); the North Carolina Hunger Coalition, the Fund for Southern Communities (Atlanta, GA), the Center for Women’s Economic Alternatives (Ahoskie, NC), and the Halifax County Black Caucus. He served as a member of: the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Small Towns & Cities Advisory Council (1996-1998). Currently his involvement includes: the EPA’s Environmental Justice Enforcement Roundtable Taskforce; the Groundwater Foundation’s Symposium Executive Committee; and convener of the North Carolina Hog Roundtable and is the founding Board Chairperson of the national Black Family Land Trust (2002).. He is an advisory board member and chairperson of the African American Environmental Action Justice Network (AAEJAN); co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network; and was a member of the planning committee for Who Owns America Conference III, Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.