It’s official! Hibiscus tea is the staple black history month beverage. In many black and African gatherings you will find hibiscus drinks in some fashion. Every black community has their own name for the drink. Some call it the red drink, Bissap, Zobo, Karakade to name a few. Well, January marks the beginning of the year as we celebrate our great legends and heroes. For me, everyday is black history. I’m blessed to wake up black, what a beautiful blessing that is. At SOBA Hibiscus, balance is at the core of what we do. So, here is a mixture of 10 great legends, chefs, leaders, foodies, drink experts, you’ve never heard of. Know their names and enjoy a glass of SOBA Hibiscus cause you deserve one.
Happy Black History Month and MLK Day!
- Aliko Dangote - A billionaire business magnate. Founder, chairman and CEO of Dangote Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in West Africa.
- Edna Lewis - First to lead the modern farm-to-table movement.
- Frederick McKinley Jones - Invented and founded the technology that made the first modern global cold chain transport possible (p.s. This is huge in the food industry)
- Zephyr Wright - A personal chef for President Johnson’s family in 1942 to 1969. Her experiences during segregation helped the President to gain perspective on the country’s racial inequalities as she influenced the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
- Sherman Crayton (not pictured) - A renowned New Orleans, Louisiana, chef who led the kitchen at Arnaud’s and later became the chef at Vieux Carre Restaurant.
- Maulana Karenga - Created the year-end Kwanzaa holiday in 1966.
- Lucille Bishop Smith - Invented the first hot biscuit mix.
- Nicole Taylor - James Beard Award-nominated food writer, master home cook, and producer. Author of The Up South Cookbook and The Last O.G. Cookbook
- Marcus Samuelson- James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef. He owns 8 restaurants, is a celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality.
- Osayi Endolyn - James Beard Award-winning writer who explores food and identity. A co-author of the bestseller The Rise: Black Cooks and Soul of American Food with Marcus Samuelsson
So tea lovers, mocktail tasters, go out there and continue to fill the world with your true self in the most balanced way possible.
Always remember, “It’s what’s inside that matters.”
To learn more: https://www.mofad.org/the-legacy-quilt