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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to annemarie@southernfoodways.org.

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Sorghum: Southern Sugars

This collection of interviews features the voices of sorghum syrup producers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

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An Asheville, North Carolina, native, Hanan Shabazz has long fostered local food movements and nurtured the political, social, and cultural power of Black foodways. In the 1970s, she owned and ran Hanan Shabazz Restaurant on Eagle Street in Asheville. Shabazz now works with a new generation of Asheville cooks at Southside Kitchen, a project of the not-for-profit Green Opportunities, which trains, supports, and connects marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways. Hanan Shabazz is the 2020 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award winner. Film by Joe York.

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