Come celebrate Black History Month with a FREE scrumptious Soul Food lunch in Yakima this Friday, February 25th!

Shirley Chisolm
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Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for President of the United States

This luxury is part of the decades-long annual Black History Month event at the OIC of Washington. No word on what will be included in the lunch box, but you can but it's going to be GOODT, so good you have to put a T on the end of the word! :-D

A lot of the foods Americans love eating to this day were created on plantations from the minds of Black slaves living in The South. Slaves weren't allowed to get the "good cuts" of meat and they were given meager ingredients to make their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Some of those centuries-old recipes live on and have become enmeshed in the culinary fabric of our country. True SOUL food.

Keep reading to find out where you can get your FREE Soul Food box lunch this Friday!

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May I suggest you encourage your office workmates to join you when you go get your Soul Food box lunch? Yes, please!

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Some stories say that cornbread got its origins from the Native Americans. Black slaves in the South learned how to make cornbread to survive life on the plantation.

The last few years that I've attended the OIC of Washington's Black History Month Soul Food Luncheon, they served up fried catfish, cooked collard greens, the good cornbread (which means that it wasn't dry like some of y'all be making, ha), and macaroni and cheese! My stomach is rumbling just thinking about those meals of Black History Months past! I have learned from personal experience to get there on time. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED, so get there early and grab a seat somewhere!

Angela Davis
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Angela Davis, civil rights activist during the 1960s whocontinues to advocate for prison reforms in America.

So, you might be wondering how is all of this delicious Soul Food available to the public for FREE? Good question. The OIC covers the costs incurred in order to make this Black History Month event possible every year.

soul food collard greens, smoked chicken and fried green tomatoes
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While you're there at the Soul Food Lunch getting your to-go box, check out the displays of art and other collections and artifacts about Black History that the OIC and local community leaders have put together to show our appreciation for the significant contributions in American society made by Black folks!

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They Want Our Rhythm But Not Our Blues Sigh
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Keep it coming, OIC of Washington! We hungry residents thank you and appreciate all of your hard work throughout the year giving local youth and adults opportunities to advance in their careers and their regular daily lives.

Black Slavery on a Plantation
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WHAT: Black History Month Soul Food Luncheon

WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2022

WHERE: The gym at the 1009 N. 9th Ave, OIC of Washington in Yakima

TIME: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

CONTACT: Call (509) 248-6751

OIC of Washington Black History Month Flyer
OIC of Washington

One movie I recommend you watch before Black History Month is over is Soul Food (1997, Rated R), based on the real life of George Tillman Jr. Others I suggest include Imitation of Life (1959), Paris Blues (1961, Rated R), Dreamgirls (2006, Rated PG-13), Ray (2004, Rated PG-13), and Harlem Nights (1989, Rated R).

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