Reverend Dr. Heber M. Brown, III

Executive Director, The Black Food Security Network

Ecumenical Advocacy Days is pleased to welcome Reverend Dr. Heber M. Brown, III, who will take part in the plenary on Food Security and Hunger on Wednesday, April 26.

Rev. Dr. Brown has been a catalyst for personal transformation and social change for more than twenty years. For nearly fourteen years, he served as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he launched Orita’s Cross Freedom School, an educational program that celebrates African heritage and develops hands-on skills in youth. He later launched the Black Church Food Security Network, which advances food security and food sovereignty by co-creating Black food ecosystems anchored by Black congregations in partnership with Black farmers and others. His work has garnered numerous awards and national recognition. He serves on the board of many impactful organizations such as Bread for the World and is currently writing his first book entitled, Nothing More Sacred: Radical Stories Of Black Church Faith, Food and Freedom. The book is scheduled to be published in Spring 2024. When not working, he enjoys playing basketball with his sons, doing yoga and gardening.

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