Sistah Vegan


Sistah Vegan : Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Author/Editor: Dr A. Breeze Harper
Publisher: Lantern Books, 2010

Excerpts on the Sistah Vegan anthology from

Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. By kicking junk-food habits, the more than thirty contributors all show the way toward longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Suffering from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and overweight need not be the way women of color are doomed to be victimized and live out their mature lives. There are healthy alternatives.

Sistah Vegan is not about preaching veganism or vegan fundamentalism. Rather, the book is about how a group of black-identified female vegans perceive nutrition, food, ecological sustainability, health and healing, animal rights, parenting, social justice, spirituality, hair care, race, gender-identification, womanism, and liberation that all go against the (refined and bleached) grain of our dysfunctional society.

Thought-provoking for the identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices, Sistah Vegan is an in-your-face handbook for our time. It calls upon all of us to make radical changes for the betterment of ourselves, our planet, and—by extension—everyone.

Excerpts on The Sistah Vegan Project website from

The Sistah Vegan Project exists as a resource for black identified female vegans, other vegans of color, those interested in a plant-based diet and our allies.

Like the Sistah Vegan anthology, the website provides a space in which our varied voices can be heard. The site’s blog posts delve into how plant-based consumptive lifestyles are affected by factors of race, racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism and other social injustices within the lives of black women.

The Sistah Vegan Project reflects the fact that for people of color the personal is often political and nothing is single issue. My blog posts touch on ethics, food, pop culture, parenting, pregnancy and breast feeding, cooking, sexuality, health, beauty, music, animal rights, spirituality, ecological sustainability and experiences from my life and those of other people of color.


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