Black Vegan Voices

In 2016, 3% of Americans identified as vegan. That percentage increased to 8% among black Americans. 

In 2020, 19% of white people and 31% of people of color claimed to be eating less meat. 

Even though people of color have been significantly advancing the vegan movement, they are often left out of mainstream vegan messaging.  

Here are some voices to follow and resources for learning more about the intersectionality of veganism and racism. 

Watch

A 90 minute independent documentary from Jasmine Leyva that shows historical and contemporary perspectives on the dietary trends among African-Americans. It’s $4 to rent and $10 to buy. 

A free 10 minute YouTube video of Dr. Milton Mills giving a talk at the Meals for Health Graduation about the troubling connection between slavery and soul food. 

A recording from June 23, 2020 in which three generations of vegan leaders (Tabitha Brown, Hailie Thomas, and Jasmine Levya) discuss the intersection of veganism and race and how to become a better ally. Donations between $0 – $30.  

Read

Essays, personal reflections, and poems on the mainstream nonhuman animal rights movement and how to build a more inclusive movement.

A series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. 

A collection of essays from two sisters (Aph and Syl Ko) on race, advocacy for nonhuman animals, and feminism.

Cook

100 vegan soul food recipes that were inspired by Southern cooking. Jenné is a successful entrepreneur and runs a beautiful blog at sweetpotatosoul.com 

Comes out July 28, 2020. Hallie is a 19 year old activist, motivational speaker, and the youngest Certified Integrative Health Coach in America. 

More than 100 recipes that teach the basics of vegan cooking. Bryant is known for his activism in creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable food system. 

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