Celebrating the beauty of black culture

Feb 17, 2022 | SAMU Blog

The dream Martin Luther King Jr spoke of in his famous speech is on its way to being a reality. This dream is being made possible by the great individuals who played an instrumental part in the growth of the Black community, including allies across all backgrounds.



Connect with these community organizations for resources and knowledge: 


For centuries black communities around the world have created hairstyles that are uniquely their own. These hairstyles span back to the ancient world and continue to weave their way through the social, political and cultural conversations surrounding black identity today.” Check out this Visual History of Iconic Black Hairstyles to learn more about Black hair.

Check out:  Harriets Humongous Hair by Ni Lo 


The species and flavors of African cooking are not just about food but are a living testament to the strength and movement of the African Diaspora. Cooking is not solely about feeding oneself– through cooking one comes to learn about the land and their relationship with it, their traditions, and their community. Particularly in America. The story of Black cooking is a tale of resilience and ingenuity. Black folks have learned to keep their traditions alive via cooking and the storytelling involved in it. 

Check out this list of regionally popular African spices, are any of them familiar to you? Are they popular in your family’s regional cuisine? Consider using and learning more about them in celebration of Pan-African culture.

East Africa

  • Cumin
  • Tumeric
  • Corainder
  • Fresh Tamarind
  • Grated Coconut

West Africa

  • Curry Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Maggi Cube
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Nutmeg

 North Africa

  • Zaatar 
  • Cumin
  • Sumac
  • Sesame (toasted Sesame) 
  • Mint 
  • Lemon
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