Dr. Amie Breeze Harper
Simply put, I would not be vegan if it were not for Dr. Amie Breeze Harper. Dr. Harper is a queer black feminist vegan scholar, activist, and friend. She is the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project and the editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society, a ground-breaking anthology that discusses veganism through the frameworks of race and gender. She also has a forthcoming book called Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches. Her literary work is sure to be a staple part of our cultural imagination for generations to come. Dr. Harper has also created two online Sistah Vegan conferences that allow black folks and allies to discuss veganism in an intersectional, critical way. Her last conference was titled, “The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter: Challenging Neoliberal Whiteness While Building Anti-Racist Solidarity Among Vegans of Color and Allies (Before, After, & Beyond Ferguson).”
Through her work, she has inspired a new generation of black vegan feminist activists like myself. She has opened up a space for people to grapple with food justice, activism, and identity politics in an intersectional way. Her bold stances and sharp analyses are refreshing, unique, and smart. Her novel Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England serves as a literary landscape for those of us brown girls trying to navigate a complex society bound by oppressive systems. Dr. Harper provides language for those of us who struggle to articulate our unique positions in society, and she offers a blueprint for change unlike any other activist currently.
Dr. Harper has been a close friend, colleague, and critical activist who undoubtedly deserves the Unsung Vegan Hero award. Her voice is certainly one that needs to be amplified in every way possible. Congratulations Breeze!
Tribute by Aph Ko, TPP Grantee