ABOUT BLACK VEGANS ROCK
Black Vegans Rock was founded by Aph Ko after she wrote the first list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans for Striving with Systems back in June 2015. She decided to research and compile a list of influential Black vegans who were doing incredible work to dismantle the stereotype that veganism was a “white person’s” thing.
After releasing the list, she received emails from Black vegans all over the world who wanted to be featured on the list as well. Some people told her that they had a vegan organization and they wanted to get it in front of other Black vegans. Since Aph didn’t want to add on to the 100 Black Vegans list, she decided to create a platform devoted to spotlighting incredible Black vegans every day.
The website and artwork is created by EastRand Studios.
Aph Ko is the co-author of a new book (published through Lantern Books) titled Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters. She has a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Communication and Cultural/Media Studies. Aph is an indie digital media producer, and she served as the Associate Producer for the documentary film Always in Season.
BVR SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT TEAM:
Pax Ahimsa Gethen
Pax Ahimsa Gethen manages the BVR Instagram page. Pax is a queer black trans vegan activist, blogger, and photographer. Pax is agender and goes by the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/their.
Pax has volunteered for food justice organizations, preparing and distributing vegan-friendly food to the needy. They believe that free access to healthy plant-based food should be a universal human right. Their approach to animal rights activism is based on the standpoint that animals are people, not property, and that veganism is a social justice issue, not a diet.
Pax lives in San Francisco with their partner Ziggy.
Valerie McGowan manages the Facebook page. She is a Black female Christian vegan who writes at her blog of the same name. She is the Director of the Vegan Society of Humboldt and also facilitates a social justice book club and spiritual discussion group.
She and her husband Marc are homeschooling parents who live with their son Julian and Farley the cat, surrounded by the ancient redwoods of Northern California.