Black Vegans Rock
Black Vegans Rock was created to showcase how diverse and rich the Black vegan community is.
Excerpts from http://www.blackvegansrock.com:
Black Vegans Rock is a digital space that seeks to spotlight everyday Black vegans who are looking to get their work, art, music, restaurant, book or other projects in front of other vegans. We seek to specifically cater to Black vegans considering we are regularly excluded or erased from mainstream spaces that deal with animal rights, food justice, feminism, and anti-racism.
We aim to bring the Black vegan community together by focusing on our diversity, rather than our differences.
While we might all be vegan for different reasons, and while we might each be at different phases in our activist/vegan journey, we aim to highlight just how powerful we can be when we unify and celebrate our brilliance.
Black Vegans Rock was founded by Aph Ko after she wrote the first list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans for Striving with Systems. 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. 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.
We live in a culture that routinely spotlights and celebrates white folks and the work that they do. It is not racist when Black folks (or any minoritized group) carve out spaces of empowerment for themselves. In an age of mass incarceration, police violence, systemic racism, injustice, and Black Lives Matter, we feel that celebrating Black achievements and Black diversity is necessary and life-changing.