Black History Month ends with a helping of soul food

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Soul Food Sunday was an event held by the department of Diversity and Inclusion last Sunday which attempted to replicate a tradition of black culture.

The tradition is when people would go to church on Sunday, and then after church they would all gather to eat and fellowship with one another.

“They would eat, fellowship, catch up, sing, pray, cry, talk, gossip and whatever,” Dr. MarTeze Hammonds, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, said. “The goal of it was for everybody to be together as family, as a unit.”

Families, individuals and local churches, including New Prospect Baptist Church, Abundant Life Church and Change of Heart Ministries, took part in providing food for the event. Some of the food items were chicken, green beans, turnip greens and corn.

Soul food isn’t just ordinary food, it is “made from the soul,” Hammonds said. “Whoever makes it, really puts time and effort to truly put love into the dish they are making.”

Soul food is not exclusive to black culture; it crosses cultural borders.

“The event was very impactful, powerful and moving,” said Malik Oliver, sophomore hospitality and administration major from Russellville. “It was amazing to see all of us come together under one roof and celebrate black culture.”

The event was free of charge to all who attended. There were minor monetary costs that were paid for by the department of diversity and inclusion.