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WANDA Joins a Seat the Table at the Smithsonian Museum



Engaging in Dinner and Conversation on Food Equity with Advocates and

Scholars at the National Museum of African American History and Culture



WASHINGTON, DC--Why do hunger and food insecurity persists in the United States - ‘the land of milk and honey’ - especially in Black communities? Join a “Seat at the Table” on Friday, November 4, 2022 hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in its Heritage Hall for a soulful dinner and culturally conscious conversation. Moderated by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, WANDA’s CEO Tambra Raye Stevenson joins in conversation with Dr. Ashanté M. Reese, co-editor of "Black Food Matters" and Dreaming Out Loud’s Christopher Bradshaw on how black communities navigate and resist unequal food distribution systems through community gardening and resource sharing.

“Having a seat a the table of food democracy is critical for our communities to achieve the food equity that we deserve,” says Tambra Raye Stevenson, WANDA's CEO. “That’s why I am pleased to join in dialogue with the scholars and the public to elevate the issues to arm us with information and motivate you to the ballot because we know local elections matter.”

The panel will share how their work lies at the intersection of race, identity, and economic justice in achieving food sovereignty and nutrition equity in urban areas like Washington, DC. After the presentation, the audience can share their stories and ideas in a workshop activity to consider how to combat structural forces that determine food access in urban areas. A Seat at the Table is an interactive program for participants to consider challenging questions about race, identity, and economic justice over a plated meal. Plant-based options will be available.

A Seat at the Table is NMAAHC’s signature program that critically examines social justice issues that impact the African American community. Participants observe a conversation on a select topic amongst an expert panel. After the conversation, diners engage in an interactive activity to consider challenging questions about race, identity, and economic justice over a meal. Through this program, participants can make new connections, exchange resources, and return to bond over the next meal. Most importantly, participants state how they will apply insights gained from having a seat at the table to their own lives.

Tickets can be purchased at https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/seat-table-conversation-about-food-equity.


About WANDA

Founded on International Women’s Day in 2016, Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA) is on a mission to build a movement of 1 million women and girls of African descent to lead as food sheroes through education, advocacy, and innovation. Based in Washington, DC WANDA is a Black women-led social justice 501c3 nonprofit organization composed of women leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs working to strengthen our families, communities, and economies by transforming our food system. We transform our lives and our families through #foodfortheculture. Learn more at http://iamwanda.org.

About NMAAHC The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture’s central mission is to interpret the history and culture of African Americans. However, the Museum seeks also to present a critical examination of the social barriers faced by African Americans. These conversations are not always easy, but the Museum is committed to facilitating these moments for reflection.   Visit at https://nmaahc.si.edu.


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