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JERRIA MARTIN REPRESENTS THE UNITED STATES AND SELMA AT 2014 TERRA MADRE SLOW FOOD CONVENTION IN

TURIN, ITALY

By Randy Williams



In the midst of great challenges a breath of fresh air has returned to Selma to give back to the community she grew up in. Jerria Martin a native daughter of Selma and the new Executive Director of  21st Century Youth Leadership told Selma Post Herald publisher and WHBB talk show host Randy Williams that she’s been back in Selma exactly a year to the week of her appearance on WHBB’s call in talk show Viewpoint on  Friday November 7. “If there’s anything I’ve learned thus far this year I’ve been here it’s that there’s power in unity, there’s power in community so we have to put that unity back in community and work together to bring about those changes we want to see in Selma”. Martin was on Viewpoint to talk about her recent week long trip to Turin, Italy as one of only four U.S. delegates at the 2014 Terra Madre Slow Food Conference with over 250 nations from around the world being represented. Martin represented the Southern United States and the Blackbelt as well as Selma.

   Terra Madre refers to the conference or world meeting of food communities to address topics such as: climate change, population growth, animal welfare, food waste, land grabbing, and much more.. “ This was in the same arena the Olympics were held in Turin, Italy. Imagine being like a flea market or farmer’s market where you have booth’s set up in this entire arena and each booth which was over 250 representing countries from all over the world” said Martin. She said she learned about several agricultural techniques and cooking methods but she was most impressed with the stories of other communities and how they came together to meet various challenges. Of the Convention she said that each delegation had a table and a sample of their food. “We thought we had died and gone to food heaven”. Each delegate was able to go from table to table tasting the foods of other cultures.  She plans to teach what she learned through 21st Century Youth Leadership and local community gardening initiatives.  Martin is also host of the popular call in radio talk show “Good News” on WBFZ fm and the day she was on Viewpoint turned out to be a day full of good news for her. She received an official request from Ethiopia to form a chapter of 21st Century Youth Leadership and was awarded a seventy five thousand dollar grant for 21st Century to develop young male African American teens. (Click here for the rest of the story)


JERRIA MARTIN ON WHBB’S VIEWPOINT