The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Inc., (BFAA), plans to ask President Donald Trump to affirm a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in what is being called the largest civil rights settlement in U.S. History.
Thomas Burrell, president of BFAA, detailed the group’s intentions during a press conference at BFAA headquarters at 287 Madison Ave. on Monday. On Oct. 31, a District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling favored black farmers, who have filed a class action lawsuit citing discrimination against the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
The Appeals Court ruling denied the government’s motion to dismiss the discrimination lawsuit involving BFAA’s farmers, the Estate Of Somerville, Tenn. native Earnest Boyland and the USDA.
As a result of the Pigford racial discrimination case ruling in 1999, the U.S. government already has paid $5 billion dollars to black farmers.
Burrell was joined at Monday’s media conference by COGIC Bishop David Hall, chairman for the ecumenical support group for the organization. Hall is also an avid farmer.