12 Black Vegan Activists Building a Healthy & Compassionate World

by Stuart McDonald

In honor of Black History Month, we’re thanking the Black vegan activists who have dedicated their lives and careers to building an inclusive and equitable movement for all. Whether they’re athletes proving that we don’t need animal protein to be strong, or activists fighting for accessibility in their communities, each of these remarkable people bring something vital to the table.

Though the list could be much longer, here are twelve inspiring Black vegan activists working for animals today.

 

Aph Ko

In 2017, sisters Aph and Syl Ko released their book of essays on pop culture, feminism, and black veganism, Aphro-ism. This groundbreaking work is integral to the future of the animal rights movement, discussing the animalization of Black bodies and emphasizing the importance of recognizing and understanding interconnected oppressions. Aph is also a digital media producer and the founder of Black Vegans Rock.

Dr. A Breeze Harper

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Founder of the Sistah Vegan Project and creator and editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, Dr. A. Breeze Harper addresses the intersections of race, class, health, parenting, veganism–and a wealth of other issues she addresses in her books, talks, and blog. Be sure to support her upcoming third book: Black Mama Scholar: On Black Feminism, Food Ethics, and Toddler Tantrums.


Danni McGhee

Danni McGhee is a Plant-Based Nutrition Coach sharing DAM Good Vegan food throughout the Washington, DC metro area. Her love of homemade food, cooked with fresh ingredients, was instilled in her by her Jamaican mother and grandmother. In 2015 Danni started her company, DAM Good Vegan, offering online courses, personal coaching and cooking demos to make the transition to vegan eating simple and affordable. Learn more about what motivates Danni in her TryVeg interview!


Tracye McQuirter

Tracye is a 30+ year vegan, public health nutritionist, and author of the bestselling By Any Greens Necessary and Ageless Vegan. In partnership with Farm Sanctuary, she also authored the African American Vegan Starter Guide, which is available to download for free at TryVeg.com.


Grey

Grey is one of the hottest emerging artists at the intersection of activism, urban style, & hip-hop. A growing Atlanta institution in his own right, Grey became one of the most talked about acts of 2016 after his Vegan Thanksgiving freestyle & music video took the internet by storm. He continues to stay involved in the vegan community, even emceeing the 2017 DC VegFest! Plus, check out his clothing line launched with partner Chef Nikki: Plant Based Drippin.


Tambra Raye Stevenson

Tambra Raye Stevenson is the founder of NativSol Kitchen and WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture, which empowers women to lead their communities in progressing healthy and ethical food systems. This initiative includes an exciting new children’s book: Where’s Wanda?, with the mission of cultivating the next generation of women leaders for food justice.


Torre Washington

Proving that you don’t need animal protein to make gains, Torre Washington is a vegan professional bodybuilder. A vegan since 1998, Torre has been featured in various mainstream fitness media as well as vegan outlets, spreading his fitness and lifestyle ideology far and wide. Check out one of his amazing guides to vegan fitness.


Jessica Carter

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Hey everybody! Today I'm busy filming a new video series coming to the TryVeg YouTube channel: the $35 Vegan Grocery Challenge! The first episode will feature CVS … and my people let me tell you it was NOT easy 😂. The mission is to create 3 nourishing meals with $35 and my budgeting and meal planning skills were definitely put to the test. This year I'll be shopping at a variety of stores each month to demonstrate how far I can stretch my bucks to create banging vegan meals. Is anyone else up for a challenge?? 💕🌱🌍 . . . #whatveganseat #vegangrocerychallenge #veganvloggers #tryveg #naturalhairisdope #dmvcreatives #dccreatives #melaningirl #veganpeople #blackvegan #afrovegan #blackvegansofig #vegansofig #plantbased #naturalhairchicks #blkcreative #plantpowered #veganfoodie #eatplants #blackcreatives #dcvegan #dmvvegan #dcfoodie #veganrecipe #kinksandcurls #blavityfoodie #youtubevegans

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Jessica Carter is the Vegan Food and Lifestyle Coach at Compassion Over Killing. Committed to making plant-based eating more accessible for all, she organizes and hosts cooking demos, develops online trainings and multimedia content for TryVeg.com, and coordinates collaborations with vegan influencers. Her recipes have been featured on FOX45 Baltimore, Let’s Talk Live, and Good Morning Washington.


Brenda Sanders

Based in Baltimore, MD, Brenda Sanders is on a mission to make a healthy and ethical diet more accessible for everyone.  This involves her founding and running multiple important vegan organizations such as the Afro-Vegan Society, and Thrive Baltimore and co-creating groundbreaking outreach programs like the Vegan SoulFest.


Genesis Butler

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It’s an honor to be on the cover of one of my favorite magazines, Raise Vegan! Thank you so much Raise Vegan for sharing with the world through your magazine that you can have a vegan family and be thriving and happy! Having a vegan family is the greatest feeling in the world. Regrann from @raisevegan – Celebrate the season with the November Issue of @raiseveganmagazine featuring Genesis Butler @aveganchildsjourney 🦃 We’ve got the ultimate holiday menu, tips for getting through the season and so much more! Cover 📸: Beth Redwood @bethlilyredwood @wildwoodfarmsanctuary #vegankids #raisevegan #veganmagazine #giftguide #veganrecipes #giftideas #thanksgiving #turkeyday #saveaturkey #plantsgiving #magazine #momsofinstagram #veganparenting #plantbased

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At age ten, Genesis became the youngest ever TEDx speaker when she gave her inspiring talk on healing the planet through vegan eating. Now, she continues to advocate for animals through speaking engagements, social media, and has even started her own foundation called Genesis For Animals. We caught up with her in 2018–check out the interview on TryVeg.com!


Seba Johnson

Vegan from birth, Seba Johnson is an Olympic skier and activist. As the world’s first black female to ski in the Olympics she has overcome all sorts of barriers, including once being disqualified from a race for refusing to wear a piece of equipment that was leather! Learn more about Seba’s journey from her video with Switch4Good: athletes building a dairy-free future.


Jasmine C. Leyva

A black actress and filmmaker, Jasmine is behind The Invisible Vegan, a new documentary that explores her personal journey to veganism as well as the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle for the African-American community.

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