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About Forward 

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 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.

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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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