“Veganism is white” was a statement that Aph Ko was tired of hearing. In response, she created her list “#BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out.”
Aph Ko wanted to bring the black vegan movement to light and prove that veganism is a lot more diverse than people may initially believe. The list also mentioned our very own Kimberly Elise!
Find out why Kimberly became vegan here.
By: Zeila Edrial
Aph Ko recently told The New York Times: “The black vegan movement is one of the most diverse, decolonial, complex and creative movements.”
The list, which was written for Striving With Systems, featured many recognizable names such as Angela Davis, Leona Lewis, Carl Lewis, and Salim Stoudamire. Ko’s list received overwhelming response and eventually led to the formation of her website Black Vegans Rock.
The site was created to give other black vegans a platform to share their stories about why they became vegans. It also gives them a spotlight to share their art, music, businesses, and other projects with other vegans.
Black Vegans Rock’s mission is to “highlight just how powerful we can be when we unify and celebrate our brilliance.”
Kimberly Elise Natural Living also celebrates nurturing a plant-based lifestyle, and spotlights individuals who pursue it. For example, we spoke to Stephanie of Vegan, What? and shared her tips on how to start on a plant-based diet. We even compiled a grocery list for individuals who are interested in starting their vegan journey in their local market.
Veganism isn’t defined by skin color or class or sex or gender. It’s an intentional lifestyle that anyone can choose. And it is so important to tear down stereotypes and bring more attention to the inclusivity of the movement!
Do you know any vegans that should be featured on KimberlyElise.com? Let us know in the comments below!