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About Forward 2024

Land ownership represents an important source of wealth and economic stability in the African-American community.  It is estimated that 60% of all Black-owned land is owned as heirs' property.


The FORWARD 2024 Boot Camp creates an opportunity for 100 heirs’ property landowners to get practical information for resolving their heirs’ property issues, including an in-depth 12-month checklist to guide their efforts to clear title, create an estate plan, resolve family conflicts, and much more.


With this year’s joint landowner-practitioner Boot Camp, landowners will also get the opportunity to interact directly with heirs’ property practitioners, including attorneys, USDA professionals, and academic experts who will share best practices and strategies to help landowners take active steps to transform their heirs’ property from a liability to a wealth-generating asset.




This event is limited to 100 heirs property owners. There is a maximum limit of 2 individuals per family. Each person must be an individual member of the Federation. Each person must register individually.

If you have previously attended the Federation's Forward event in the past 5 years, you are not eligible to attend this year. 

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*Known Active Members have been emailed a registration link to obtain a complimentary ticket. Email MEMBERSHIP@FEDERATION.COOP

OR CALL 1-888-322-2985 

All guests are responsible for covering the hotel's security deposit/incidental fees, which typically range from $60-$100 per night. Check with the hotel regarding how any unused monies will be reimbursed

The Federation's history of using successful land retention strategies has focused on outreach, education, and technical assistance in resolving heirs property issues, estate planning, and developing alternative ownership models such as corporations, cooperatives, trusts, limited liability companies, and intra-family buy-outs. The Federation's Regional Heirs Property and Mediation Center works with 600 heirs annually across the Black Belt Region.

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Heirs Property Land Owners-Across the Generations

  • Attend discussions with a national panel of land prevention experts

  • Discuss case studies and generate solutions to decrease Black land loss

  • Learn and network with other experienced land retention professionals

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