Food and drink play an essential role in independence celebrations the world over. For many Black Americans, Independence Day is celebrated on June 19, or “Juneteenth” — the day in 1865 when residents of Galveston, Texas, learned that slavery in the United States had been abolished.
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In 1968, the US government began recognizing September 15 and October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the cultures and contributions of the vast Latin American continent-- which encompasses Central and South America, and much of the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month draws attention to the importance of supporting Latinx creators and business owners who, in spite of obstacles, have built successful brands that support and uplift their communities while celebrating their rich heritages all year long.
Dr. Sunyatta Amen is a life-long plant-based eater: She's an Afro-Caribbean-Latinx and a fifth-generation master herbalist, naturopathic doctor, vegan chef, witch, and the entrepreneur behind Calabash Tea & Tonic in Washing-ton, D.C. She comes from a multi-generational Black family, and in the 1970s, her Syrian-Jamaican and Cuban parents had a health food shop and juice bar, Pyramid Tea & Herbal, in Harlem, New York.