Food is the single great unifier across cultures. It sheds light on the people’s way of life, their cultural values and their perspectives on life.
With this belief in mind, the Bay Area’s largest halal food organization will be hosting Black Muslim Food Week starting from tomorrow (Thursday) till the first day of March to celebrate the Black History Month and bring people close together.
“Combining Black History Month, great food and supporting organizations doing good works in our communities, Black Muslim Food Week will be a way to harness the positive impact of our collective foodie community,” said coordinators Abbas Mohamed, founder of the sponsoring Bay Area Halal Foodies, and Jabir Faqir, of Ansar Partners, in their project announcement, The Mercury News reported.
Black Muslim Food Week will run from Feb. 25, to Monday, March 1.
It will offer three days of culinary deals from Oakland to San Francisco to San Jose bookended by two days of fasting and community discussion.
According to Mohamed, the event will begin with a “fasting and learning” day on Feb. 25 as the Muslim Power Building Project hosts a livestream discussion on “What It Means to Build Community: A Conversation on Anti-Racism, Organizing and Food.”
It will culminate March 1 in a day of community fasting and fund raising for the East Oakland Collective, an organization working to feed, shelter and empower shelter Oakland’s seniors, the unhoused, the immuno-compromised and other residents.
Black History Month (BHM) is an annual program originating from 1926, celebrated by Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
During BHM, Black American Muslims engage in numerous events and campaigns to celebrate the legacies and traditions comprising the African American culture, in which they are intrinsically interwoven.