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GARY R. GRANT is the founding president of the National Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association (BFAA - 1997); is the Executive Director of the internationally acclaimed Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT) for the past thirty thirty-six years (1981); a founder and a first co-director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN - 1998); and is also the director of the National Land Loss Fund (LLF); a founder and chairperson of the African American Environmental Action Justice Network based in Atlanta, GA (AAEJAN), The son of the late Matthew and Florenza Moore Grant (deceased 2001), Mr. Grant was reared on family farm Unit #50/51 in the New Deal Community of the Tillery Resettlement Farms, located in Halifax County, North Carolina. He is the holder of a BA degree from North Carolina College at Durham - 1965 (now NC Central University), and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Eastern North Carolina Theological Institute (1997). 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 the acclaimed CBS 60 Minutes’ “Pork Power” 1996, several appearances on North Carolina Public Television NOW, and has appeared on numerous other media outlets. 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); was a member of the planning committee for Who Owns America Conference III, Land Tenure Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, the EPA’s Environmental Justice Enforcement Roundtable Taskforce; the Groundwater Foundation’s Symposium Executive Committee; and convener of the North Carolina Hog Roundtable. He is the founding Board Chairperson of the national Black Family Land Trust (2002). Grant has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions: local African American Hero by Halifax Community College (Feb. 2012); the Daumu Smith Environmental Health Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association (2011); he was profiled as an Environmental Hero by Tom Linden, MD at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communication (2008). NC Environmental Justice Network’s 1st SelfDetermination Award (2007); A National Finalist for the Prestigious Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World (July 2005); Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future’s “Individual Award for Leadership in Environmental Stewardship” (October - 2003); 1st NC Democracy’s Torchbearer Award for Excellence in Organizing for Democracy (November2003); the Land Loss Prevention Project’s “Steward of the Land” Award (2003); Elijah Muhammad Award of Excellence (2002) for his work with the Black farmers in America; the national Rural Sociological Society’s “Distinguished Service to Rural Life” Award (August 2000); the Community Leadership Award from the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus (May 1998) Appointed to the Local Convener for the Year of the Volunteer 1998 by Governor James B. Hunt of North Carolina; designated a “Guardian of the Environment” by The Charlotte Observer newspaper (1998); received the first Halifax County NAACP Humanitarian Award (1998); the Trial Blazer Award for Environmental Justice (1996) by the Region IV Environmental Justice Action Task Force; and Halifax County’s NAACP Community Service Award, 1993. Grant’s philosophy: The concept of “community” has been lost in enduring racism, and the overkill of capitalism, religious piety, and environmental injustice. Nurturing communities with self-empowerment, political awareness, futurism and the destiny of our children, and knowledge of the rich local history and culture should be the priorities of each day. Contact Gary R. Grant at: (252) 826-3017; E-mail: