MacArthur Fellows Program

Calvin R. King

Land and Farm Development Specialist | Class of 1990

Land and Farm Development Specialist
Brinkley, Arkansas
38 at time of award
Published August 1, 1990

About Calvin's Work

Calvin King, a farmer, is the founder and executive director of the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation (ALFDC).

He founded the nonprofit ALFDC in 1980 to reverse the conditions leading to the loss of black-owned farmland and the decline in the number of small farms in Arkansas. The corporation assists black farmers in gaining access to credit, provides technical and training assistance as well as marketing support, and aids in the development of alternative means of ownership. In 1991, King helped institute the Youth Enterprise in Agriculture Division of ALFDC as a career and leadership development program to introduce youth to farming and agriculture-related careers and to provide students with opportunities to do hands-on training.


King was a land and agriculture specialist for the SC/Arkansas Delta Project’s Land and Agricultural Development Component (1980), before founding the ALFDC. Since 1978, King has worked his own family’s farm near Marianna, Arkansas.  In 1985, he completed the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development Training Program at the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

King attended Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, received a B.A. (1976) from Philander Smith College, Little Rock, and graduated (1980) from the Institute of Politics in Little Rock.

Last updated January 1, 2005

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