During #BlackHistoryMonth, we honor our African American pioneers in the plant-based food world. While currently there are an estimated 1.4 million African Americans (3%) who are vegans and vegetarians--and another 15 million African Americans (32%) who always or sometimes eat meatless meals when eating out--we're part of a long tradition of plant-based eaters and trailblazers.
And as I say in the image below from our free online African American Vegan Starter Guide, "African American foodways are rooted in the plant-based diets of our ancestors. As Bryant Terry notes in his book Afro-Vegan, 'for thousands of years, traditional West and Central African diets were predominantly vegetarian--centered around staple foods like millet, rice, field peas, okra, hot peppers, and yams.' And this plant-rich, culinary heritage has survived and thrived through 400 years of our sojourn in the United States. In that tradition, African Americans are pioneers in the plant-based food movement. This timeline offers highlights of that culinary heritage from 1915 to 1999." Check it out:
Of course, there are many more black plant-based food pioneers, known and unknown. We honor them all. And if you haven't already, download the full African American Vegan Starter Guide for more black vegan information and inspiration--and keep spreading the word!
Have a great week!