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In the Pioneer Valley, one can hardly travel a few miles without a farm sighting. Large dairy farms, small-scale organic production, lush displays of permaculture; this area grows amazing food. But though it may seem that the Valley has enough farmers as it is, Marcin Butkiewicz is settling farm land in an entirely unique way.

Cofounders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometti of the #BlackLives Matter Movement spoke at Hampshire College on March 30th at the 17th annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture.

The Afro Asian Music Ensemble will perform a free concert at Hampshire College on April 19th in the Music and Dance Building in honor of their late founder and bandleader, Fred Ho. The band will tour the country in the latter half of April to pay tribute to Ho and his genre-bending and influential musical style.

When Chenjerai Kumanyika spoke at UMass about his struggles integrating his voice into radio journalism he had a greater effect than he will ever know. Although the professors and undergrads appreciated his April 8 "All Voices Matter" talk, the young writers of High School of Commerce sat quietly in back, wearing their school uniforms and taking in every word.

Demetria Shabazz

UnityFirst.com has recently recognized UMass professors Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Dr. Demetria Shabazz as “Women Who Lead By Example” in Massachusetts. This Springfield based media organization provides diversity-oriented news and made a special issue dedicated to honoring these women. The honorees were selected based on their apparent leadership in their respective fields along with leadership demonstrated in all aspects of life and community involvement.