When I first became a vegan I was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I didn’t really know too many other Black/Afrikan vegetarians or vegans. I didn’t think there were that many of us. I was wrong.
The Vegetarian Resource Group conducted a nationally representative telephone poll of 2,030 adults aged 18 and over. Their statistics for 2012 state that 4% of Americans are vegetarian or vegan. That includes 1% who are Vegan. That means 9 million vegetarians and 2 million of those are vegan. Another 43% report eating one or more vegetarian meals per week.
The statistics also show that 6% of Black/Afrikans report they are vegetarian or vegan while 3% of Whites say they are. That means percentage wise we are twice as likely to be vegetarian! The Vegetarian Resource Group statics show that there are more that 2.5 million of us! Add to that the vegans and vegetarians in other parts of the world and we are NOT alone.
My purpose here at Food For The Soul is to help connect us across the continent and the world so we don’t need to feel alone or weird. Members of this site have access to a community forums and discussion groups. You can join us for free here.
Once I moved here to Atlanta (which is listed as #5 city in the US for vegetarian restaurants) I discovered the Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia.
There are Black Vegetarian Societies in other places as well. Here are the ones I found. Some are more active than others. Most seem to be more active on Facebook.
The Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia (BVSGA) is a volunteer, nonprofit, membership organization that promotes a plant-based diet through education and support programs to address the disproportionate levels of chronic and degenerative diseases that affect African Americans. BVSGA meets monthly for vegetarian restaurant outings, informative lectures, cooking classes and theme potlucks. The group hosts the largest annual vegetarian food fair in Atlanta for the Great American Meatout in March and an annual Vegetarian Harvest Potluck in November. BVSGA also hosts a web site, publishes a newsletter, and provides members with discounts at 60 area locations
Telephone: 972-242-7046 / 214-331-2812 / 214-766-3797
P.O. Box 116950
BVStx’s mission is to educate the public, particularly the African American community, on the benefits of a plant-based diet, to promote wellness and to influence the community to pursue a vegetarian lifestyle.About BVStx.
Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland on Facebook
Educate and promote the advancement of people in economically challenged and inspired communities to eat healthy and barter a relationship for wholistic exchange which stimulates interaction for urban regeneration.
Black Vegetarian Society of New York on Facebook
We invite you to join us as we navigate holistic plant-based living in New York State.
Black Vegetarian Society of New Mexico on Facebook
Organize, educate and support vegetarianism for all citizens. To support sustainability, animal rights, and foster wholistic health and nutrition from a plant-based diet.
P.O. Box 7923, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87193
To educate while promoting a plant based diet to overcome health disparities within the African-American community.
I also saw references to Black Vegetarian groups in the Tri-State area (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey) North Carolina, Miami Florida and Houston Texas but their sites were either non-existent or seemed very old and un attended.