By: Aph Ko
Back in June 2015, I created a list titled #BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans To Check Out. At the beginning of the piece I wrote:
I am treating this piece as a performance art piece, not a blog post. Each time someone from the animal rights/vegan community wants to write an article about how white the animal rights/vegan movement is, I hope that they choose one person from this list to write an article about instead.
This list is not in any particular order, and it is not meant to be completely exhaustive. Additionally, I can’t guarantee that everyone on this list is still vegan, though they were at the time of my research. I acquired this information simply by researching online and asking around. Also, I must note that I personally don’t think eating a plant-based diet automatically means that you’re a political activist or animal rights activist. As I said in a previous post “Veganism without politicization only yields de-contexualized diets.”
Nevertheless, this list is meant to serve as a statement for anyone who says “veganism is white.”
The list I created was the inspiration for Black Vegans Rock. We have already featured 100 Black Vegans on this website and we intend to feature MANY more!
If you are interested in being featured, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a clear photo as well as 200-500 words describing why you went vegan. You can tell us about your vegan journey as well as your thoughts about anti-racism, feminism, veganism, etc.
Thank you for all of your support!