In case you missed it, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association posted a video of Michael Twitty’s keynote address from the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Twitty is a culinary historian and the voice behind Afroculinaria, a website exploring the culinary traditions of Africa, African America and the African Diaspora. His speech, entitled “With Your Tables, Tell The Truth,” details how the food ways of enslaved people shaped the cuisine of the South, and how that history is often overlooked:
Barbeque is true freedom food. It was conceived in the collision of native and African culinary genius in Caribbean and the American southeast. Barbeque was the food of pre-industrial people of color seeking refuge as maroons in the spirit of resistance against slavery and colonization. When you are a person of color, how you survive your oppression is your greatest source of cultural capital. It trickled down to those societies to become a hallmark of a uniquely polyglot and American approach of food. It brings us together because it is communal and multicultural, made and eaten in the celebration of human liberty and freedom, and binds us and our ancestors closer together.
Watch the video or read more here.