RETIRED DOCTOR HOLDS ONTO DWINDLING AFRICAN AMERICAN FARMING TRADITION
Black farmers operate less than 1% of all of Missouri’s farms, and the number of Blacks in agriculture nationwide has generally been on the decline since the 1920s. At 70 years old, Dr. Thomas Cooper is one of only 324 Black farmers in Missouri.
After fleeing the Syrian civil war, Ahmad Alkadah and his family are making a new life in Columbia. Ahmad hopes to use his culinary skills to open a food truck; his mother wants to visit the Statue of Liberty.