As of June 17, 2021, the U.S. Congress approved a new bill recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. This is a huge milestone for all communities based in the U.S. of African (American) heritage. Why is Juneteenth signiﬁcant? This holiday recognizes the freedom of enslaved people of African descent in Texas. It took nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation for the freedom news to travel to Galveston, Texas. The union soldiers arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865.
Listen to Oldways Heritage & Health advisors Toni Tipton Martin and Dr. Jessica B. Harris, along with a fantastic panel of experts, discuss Soul Food and Heritage for National Soul Food Month.
Visit a virtual New York City community-based webinar, “12th Annual Juneteenth NYC Family Festival,” to watch A Taste of African Heritage Ambassador Deitra Dennis provide a food demonstration and present healthy plant-based options that celebrate the essence of Juneteenth.
If you happen to be in the Washington, D.C. area, WANDA will present the in-person event, Juneteenth Celebration: Sisterhood Supper, centered around family, self-care and the shared knowledge of delicious heritage foods.
The Juneteenth Freedom Festival Event in NYC : The Inauguration, is a week-long, in-person event ending on June 19th. There will be music, food, and live performances.
Read this article written by Maia McDonald from Block Club Chicago to learn more about Juneteenth Events in the Chicago area.
For a fun in-person weekend experience, visit Atlanta for a 3-day festival with live performances, food vendors, and a large parade to celebrate our new federally-recognized holiday.
If you’re in California, be sure to visit the 2021 CA State Capital Juneteenth, From Slavery to Freedom Celebration, hosted by California Black Agriculture Working Group. The free event will focus on the historic signiﬁcance of Juneteenth.
Read and Listen to African Culinary Chefs and Historians
Listen to Toni Tipton-Martin being interviewed by The Genius Recipe Taped podcast. She reﬂects on her many accomplishments (the Julia Child Award, the James Beard Foundation, and more), and the ways that Toni plans to celebrate Juneteenth.
In this episode of NPR Life Kit, Michael Twitty, Devon Mihesuah, and Rujuta Diwekar dive deep into the connections between food and heritage, culture, community, and health.
Check out Matthew Raiford’s new cookbook, Bress ‘N’ Nyam, that celebrates African American cooking with a speciﬁc focus on Gullah Geechee heritage.
What to Watch on Television
Netﬂix’s new 4-part docuseries, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, provides a history lesson on African American resilience in the kitchen. It was adapted from Oldways African Heritage and Health Advisory Board Member, Dr. Jessica B. Harris’ book, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.
Watch an Interview with Dr. Harris here.
Netﬂix special cooking show, Waﬄes + Mochi, featuring many prominent African culinary chefs, authors and historians. Michael Twitty made an appearance, teaching Waﬄes and Mochi about rice (and here are more details from his new book, Rice) and its African heritage connection.
Watch Marcus Samuelsson’s No Passport Required, a six-part PBS/Eater series where the chef travels across the U.S. to explore and celebrate diversity in American cuisine.
New and Upcoming Events and Projects
Pre-order Bryant Terry’s upcoming book, BLACK FOOD: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora. It will be available in stores in October 2021.
Travel with us and experience the Low Country region in May 2022 with Chef Jennifer Booker, BJ Dennis, and Oldways. Rediscover Gullah Geechee food, culture, and history. You’ll want to join us for this food and history-focused, week-long culinary tour in South Carolina and Northern Georgia’s Low Country.
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