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Black farmers protest settlement in Memphis

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 3, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.

— Supporters of black farmers are protesting a $1.2 billion settlement for farmers who feel they were discriminated against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1996.

More than 300 people rallied at the Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis on Monday, The Commercial Appeal reports. Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, says the rally was expected to raise several thousand dollars for legal costs.

The settlement, which includes a $1.2 billion claims fund, compensates black farmers who were not included in a 1999 settlement in Pigford v. Glickman that paid out more than $1 billion to at least 22,000 farmers who claimed discrimination.

Some oppose the settlement because it requires those who take part to waive their right to appeal.

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