The Plants of Black Freedom with Leah Penniman

This webinar was recorded December 17, 2019.

African people’s relationship with plant medicine extends even before our first written account in 1500 BCE on the Ebers Papyrus, on which ancient Egyptians listed the recipes for over 850 herbal medicines. Our knowledge of plants traveled with us in the bowels of slave ships and was kept alive in the root and conjure work of the Black American South, In Mackandal's revolutionary poisons, in Harriet Tubman’s deft use of wild plants to keep her Underground Railroad passengers healthy, and in the natural pharmacies of orisa worshipers. Let's journey through time to discover the central role of plants in Black freedom.

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