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Springtime Traditions In Our Communities Can't Be Duplicated

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Adrienne Cooper Photography for Black Southern Belle
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The Black Southern Belle Heritage Series focuses on How to Host a Gullah Easter Dinner

Springtime traditions and the Easter Holiday weekend are harbingers of Spring, the planting season, Easter speeches, and families coming together for meals. As the Pandemic seems to be waning, many families will gather for the first time in a few years this weekend. I reached out to Michiel Perry, founder of the Black Southern Belle, about Spring's meaning for our culture and community.

One of my favorite seasons is in the Springtime and although the pollen is everywhere, so are blooming azaleas and dogwoods. The days are longer. Graduation season and Summer are right around the corner.

I ask Perry to tell us what makes the Easter holiday a little different in our community. She speaks about the start of another harvest season, and many family members return home to worship in their home churches. Our history and heritage align as families gather and share stories.

Many of those stories include food and recipes. I ask Perry for her recommendations for keeping those family traditions alive. She mentions the church cookbooks that are making a comeback in many communities.

The other thing coming back this year is Spring Break travel. We talk about Atlantic Beach in Carolina, American Beach in Florida, and Lakefront communities in Louisiana. She talks about the rich coastal heritage in the southern coastal towns.

I asked Perry what is coming up next with the Black Southern Belle Platform. She speaks about Juneteenth celebrations, Summer family reunions, and fall tailgating at HBCUs.

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