Tracy Lloyd McCurty
Tracy Lloyd McCurty is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Black Belt Justice Center (BBJC), a legal and advocacy nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and regeneration of African American farmlands and land-based livelihoods through effective legal representation, advocacy, and community education. For over fifteen years, McCurty has served as a legal advocate on a range of issues disparately impacting the African Diaspora community; however, her most cherished work has been in service of multigenerational farm families living on the land in the rural South.
Through the development of the Dirt Rich: Preserving Black Family Land Teach-Ins, McCurty has facilitated pro bono legal trainings to over 120 attorneys as well as community workshops in partnership with allied organizations to hundreds of community members. Additionally, McCurty has elevated both intracommunity and national discourses regarding the urgency of stabilizing African American-owned landownership through participation in numerous racial and land justice convenings including the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference at Tuskegee University, the Whiteness As Property: A Twenty-Year Appraisal Critical Race Studies Symposium at UCLA School of Law, and the Strengthening Relationships Between CDFIs and Farmers of Color Roundtable Discussion Proceedings sponsored by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Additionally, McCurty is the co-coordinator and co-author of the Black Agrarianism chapters featured in the 2017 Food First Books/Institute for Food and Development Policy publication, Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons.
She received a B.S. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill School of Law.