Black Women Owning Veganism

Vegan and plant-based lifestyles are no longer just for millennials. More and more studies show the Black community is embracing less meat. 

Just last fall more than 10,000 Black women signed up for a 21-day program to help change their health narrative that plagues African Americans, such as higher heart disease, strokes, cancer and diabetes. 

Developed by public health nutritionist and author Tracye McQuirter, she says “eating affordable, nutritious, and delicious plant-based foods is one of the best ways for us to get healthy now and for the rest of our lives.”

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, along with International Women’s Day on March 8, we like to share some of our favorite Black female celebs and activists who are promoting vegan and plant-based lifestyles. 

First off the godmothers of activism - Angela Davis and Coretta Scott King were known to be vegans or vegetarians. It’s said that Ms. King was a vegan for the last 10 years of her life.

Dr. Breeze Harper is the creator of The Sistah Vegan Project. She is also the editor of “Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society.” Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections that are showing the way toward longer healthier lives.  

Aph Ko founded Black Vegans Rock after she wrote the first list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans in 2015. She decided to research and compile a list of influential Black vegans who were doing innovative work to dismantle the stereotype that veganism was a “white person’s” thing. 

Of course there are many celebrities such as Venus and Serena Williams, Kimberly Elise, Erykah Badu and then there’s Persia White, who was famous for her role on the hit show “Girlfriends.” She co-produced the documentary “Earthlings” in 2005 that detailed humankind’s dependence on animals for economic purposes. She was also given the Humanitarian of the Year award by PETA. 

And there’s many more to highlight, but to see how diverse the Black community is in support of vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles make sure to check out #Black VegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out.


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