The National Association of Black Farmers of America will have a rally at 11 a.m. today in the Columbus Civic Center.
The rally is part of a campaign to urge Congress to make a $1.15 billion settlement that was awarded to black farmers in 1999 a part of the 2010 budget.
According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the settlement was the result of a class-action lawsuit that was initially filed in 1997. In the suit, thousands of black farmers throughout the U.S. claimed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had discriminated against African-American farmers by delaying or denying black farmer applications for benefit programs.
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