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Celebrate Black History Month today (and everyday)

by Millicent Hofung |

To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve put together a list of ways to get inspired, educated and opportunities to get involved to support the black community, not just today but in our everyday lives. 

 

INSPIRATION

Leah Thomas, Founder of Intersectional Environmentalist

Leah changes the environmental conversation to be more representative of those in marginalized communities that were often left out of the white-washed environmental story. Intersectional Environmentalist advocates for the protection of people and the planet, with a focus on the intersectionality of social justice and sustainability. We love her article “Why Every Environmentalist Should Be Anti-Racist” on Vogue.

Dominique Drakeford, Founder of MelaninASS

Dominique Drakeford founded Melanin and Sustainable Style (MelaninASS) to greater represent communities of color in the discussion surrounding sustainable development, social innovation and holistic living. MelaninASS empowers and cultivates change through discussion of style and diverse representation at the same time.

Tabitha Brown

Whether you know her for her viral TTLA (vegan BLT) video or vegan recipes on TikTok, Tabitha is making major moves in sharing love for the vegan lifestyle. Keep an eye out for her upcoming vegan cookbook. Follow her @iamtabithabrown.

 

EDUCATION

Good Ancestor Podcast

Conversations with notable change-makers and culture-shapers. We recommend: sustainable fashion with Aja Barber and BIPOC wellbeing with Sinikiwe Dhliwayo.

Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney

Carolyn Finney’s acclaimed book questions the underrepresentation of African Americans in the interest of nature, outdoor recreation and environmentalism. The book beyond the discourse of the environmental justice movement to look at how the natural environment is understood, commodified and its representation amongst white and black American communities. Buy the book from the UNC Press.

The Invisible Vegan

This independent documentary combines both historical and contemporary perspectives to look at the African-American dietary patterns and how there is a disproportionate impact of heart disease and diabetes amongst this community. The film shows that health and wellness is possible through plant-based diets and the vegan lifestyle.

Watch The Invisible Vegan here and visit their website for more resources, interviews and recommended books.

 

SUPPORT

Afro-Vegan Society

The Afro-Vegan Society works to provide information, resources and support to educate, encourage and inspire those in marginalized communities to make the transition to a healthy, vegan lifestyle.

Support the Afro-Vegan Society.

HEAL

The HEAL Food Alliance is a national multi-sector, multi-racial coalition composed of over 50 organizations across the US. They work to represent over 2 million rural and urban farmers, ranchers, fishers and more, in a movement to push the food and farm systems to be more meaningful and supporting for all living beings.

Support HEAL.

The Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation supports Black women and girls in receiving therapy as an effort to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color.

Support The Loveland Foundation.

 

We’d love to continue building this list. Please share with us your favorite ways to get inspired, educated or support the black community by sending us an email hello@wearkent.com.

 

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