Recipes for When Freedom Ain’t Enough: The Oral Histories of Black Women through Time and Food

Cambria Myelle Conley (University of Maryland, College Park)

I enter this space with the women who have come before me, offering the fruit of our labor. In this critical ethnographic paper, I situate knowledge-making and familial practices within the psychic connection between enslavement and freedom, which transcends time and space in the past, present, and future (McKittrick, 2006). From Josephine City to Danville, Virginia, our recipes have traversed from slavery through women, relationships, and moments captured in time. The recipes, and the oral histories which accompany them, highlight the expansiveness of Black geographies (McKittrick, 2006) and Black aliveness (Quashie, 2021) as we hold and eat time.

Part of 05-05 The Roots and Rootedness of Black Geographies: Where Homes Are Made and Futures Are Grown, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm