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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Babson College Professor Frederick Opie’s New Book—Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution

Southern Food and Civil Rights

Babson College Professor Frederick Douglass Opie has authored Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution—his latest book which exposes readers to the importance of food in fueling a movement.

From the publisher:

Food has been and continues to be an essential part of any movement for progressive change. From home cooks and professional chefs to local eateries and bakeries, food has helped activists continue marching for change for generations. Paschal’s restaurant in Atlanta provided safety and comfort food for civil rights leaders. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam operated their own farms, dairies and bakeries in the 1960s. “The Sandwich Brigade” organized efforts to feed the thousands at the March on Washington. Author Fred Opie details the ways southern food nourished the fight for freedom, along with cherished recipes associated with the era. 

Professor Opie will be speaking at a special author event this Friday, January 13 in Yonkers, NY.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day with Dr. Fred Opie
Friday January 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Central Plaza, 2614 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY

Learn more about the event

The book is now available for purchase through Arcadia Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, and more.

Frederick Douglass Opie is a professor of history and foodways at Babson College, an author, podcast host, and speaker on a wide variety of issues in food history and sports. In addition to his latest title, Opie has authored Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America; Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923; Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black and Latino Coalitions in New York From Protest to Public Office; and Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies and Simple Pleasures. Learn more at FredOpie.com.