The Black African Diaspora is the voluntary and involuntary movement of Africans and their descendants to various parts of the world during the modern and pre-modern periods (as defined by DePaul University). The prolific immersion of African peoples and culture was thereby required to evolve and transform.
In North America, we have a hyper-awareness of the intentional fragmenting of African cultures as a result of laws designed to do such. However, the soul of the people simply could not be muted nor contained. This relentless fortitude to survive and thrive are why we celebrate Black History.
What is lesser known are the names and faces of creators, inventors, engineers, political leaders, historians, artists, business owners, financiers, and the like who faced, and continue to face, ongoing racial bias. Amidst all of this...is us.
Collectively, we all have our own stories and experiences with Black History. These experiences should allow us to develop understanding, growth and mutual respect for Black people, despite social messaging or agendas. Getting to know us here at Earth & Field Salt Company is one way to connect and nurture that understanding. Getting to know your neighbors, workers in your community, and colleagues are additional ways we can connect and tear down racial bias.
This month at Earth & Field Salt Company, we will take you on a journey through the history of herbs and spices that are part of the Black African Diaspora. Many of these are already on our spice racks today! In preparation of these discussions, I've learned so much and hope you will enjoy the series.
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