Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and The Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership with Brea Baker and Tobias Fox - Newark Public Library

Brea Baker in Conversation with Tobias Fox

Brea Baker in Conversation with Tobias Fox

Rooted: The American Legacy of Land theft and the modern movement for black land ownership

Wednesday July 31st, 2024 at 6pm Est. on Zoom

This is a virtual program!

Join us for an enlightening and impactful discussion between Brea Baker and Tobias Fox as they unpack the themes of Brea’s latest book, Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership. This event promises to be a profound exploration of historical injustices and contemporary efforts to reclaim and sustain Black land ownership.

(Registration is encouraged and not required. Please register to get email reminders about this event.)

About the Book

Why is less than 1% of rural land in the U.S. owned by Black people?

To understand the contemporary racial wealth gap, we must first unpack the historic attacks on Indigenous and Black land ownership. From the moment that colonizers set foot on Virginian soil, a centuries-long war was waged, resulting in an existential dilemma: Who owns what on stolen land? Who owns what with stolen labor? To answer these questions, we must confront one of this nation’s first sins: stealing, hoarding, and commodifying the land.

Acclaimed writer and activist Brea Baker explores the impact of land theft, violent displacement, and racial wealth gaps in her new book Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership arguing that justice stems from the literal roots of the earth.

Meet the speakers

Brea Baker

Freedom fighter and writer (in that order)

Brea Baker has been working on the frontlines for over a decade, first as a student activist and now as a writer and national strategist.

Brea contributes op-eds and personal essays to ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Refinery 29 Unbothered. As a sought-after speaker and anti-racism consultant with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, Brea believes deeply in political imagination and the need for nuanced storytelling. Her book, Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft & The Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership, will be published June 2024 by One World (an imprint of Penguin Random House).

Brea also has essays published in anthologies like OUR HISTORY HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONTRABAND: IN DEFENSE OF BLACK STUDIES & Devin Allen’s NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.

Tobias Fox

Founder and Managing Director Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.

As Founder and Managing Director of the community-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc and founder and Facilitator of the Newark Community Food System, Tobias A. Fox has demonstrated collaborative leadership on a grassroots level for over a decade.

 He is a professional organizer, agriculturalist, visual storyteller, and coordinator of an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference. Fox also conducts various community events, presentations, and workshops on sustainable living practices and assists numerous urban farmers and gardeners with the cultivation of their agricultural space. 

More recently, Fox has expanded his global outreach into the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Philippines, and throughout Africa. In part of Newark’s 350th anniversary, Fox was selected by peers for outstanding contributions to the Newark community to be part of the 100 People of Newark. This Newark Project, a series of 100 photographs and on-camera interviews with Newarkers, was produced by the 100 People Foundation in partnership with PSEG Foundation.

A deep dive into the historical context and modern implications of Black land ownership.


Insightful dialogue on the intersections of environmental sustainability and racial justice.


Practical steps and strategies for supporting Black land reclamation and sustainable development.