As many Americans prepare for the Memorial Day holiday next weekend, I think it’s safe to say that many of us will be preparing for a great bit of BBQ. After all, barbecue is deeply entrenched in not only many regional cuisines but it’s also deeply embedded within the American culinary cannon.
Barbecue, like so much of the dance music we love, is laced with the ideas and inspirations of black folk. When Memorial Day invites us to remember our country’s heroic, it is crucial to include African Americans because, since before America was even a thing, BBQ was seasoned and flavored by Africans in the Americas.
I hope you’ll do something to honor them this weekend, even it’s it’s just a tip of your favorite barbecued food.
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