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TRACY LLOYD MCCURTY, ESQ.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tracy is a mother, activist, and attorney with over ten years experience working on a range of legal issues disparately impacting the African Diaspora community. However, her most cherished work has been in service of multigenerational African American farm families and cooperatives living on the land in the rural South. Through her socio-political lens, Tracy regards the various cooperative economic models utilized by southern Black agrarians as worthy of immense study and replication to address the deleterious conditions confronting both people of color communities and working poor communities in the United States.


Born in Durham, North Carolina, Tracy was enriched by the familial stories of her indomitable great, great grandmother, a sharecropper who toiled in the fields harvesting cotton and tobacco in Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Later, her grandmother became an independent farmer, who purchased a 30-acre farm that has remained in the family for six generations. As an undergraduate student, Tracy attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina - the only 1890 land-grant institution in the state. When she was in law school, she worked as a law clerk at the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project where she worked on the historic Pigford v. Glickman class action discrimination lawsuit brought by Black farmers against the United States Department of Agriculture. The interconnectedness of these various life experiences guided Tracy to co-launch the Black Belt Justice Center (BBJC) in 2012. The BBJC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and regeneration of African American ancestral lands and land-based livelihoods through effective legal representation, advocacy, and community education. Certainly, her work through the BBJC reflects the wisdom of both her grandmother and other Southern Black agrarians: the land is the source of the community's holistic wellness, culture, and self-reliance.


In addition to serving farm families and cooperatives, Tracy has provided legal representation to several community-based farm organizations that serve diverse farmers and rural communities, including the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, the National Immigrant Farming Initiative, and the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON). Tracy is also committed to the expansion of the successful agricultural cooperative paradigm through the enactment of comprehensive cooperative development legislation within local governments and municipalities. Recently, Tracy worked closely with the Community Farming Alliance, a D.C.-based agricultural cooperative comprised of women and people of color farmers, to fortify the language included in the D.C. Urban Farming and Food Security Act of 2014. Moreover, Tracy is working with the newly formed Cooperation DC to develop the necessary legal resources and networks to support worker-owned cooperatives in D.C.


She has demonstrated leadership in her field of work through her participation in several national farm and food equity conferences and symposiums such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Community Gathering, the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (Tuskegee University), the Critical Race Studies Symposium (UCLA School of Law), and the International Food Sovereignty Forum (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). In 2013, Tracy received the Fruit of the Land Award from the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers Land Loss Prevention Project.


She is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill School of Law. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Black Lawyers. She is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.























































			
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Copyright 2012 Black Belt Justice Center. All rights reserved.

Black Belt Justice Center is a 501(c)3 organization.

EIN/Tax ID # 45-4441783

Copyright 2012 Black Belt Justice Center. All rights reserved.

Black Belt Justice Center is a 501(c)3 organization.

EIN/Tax ID # 45-4441783