Culinary Pilgrimage To Senegal

$4,905 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 113 people in 29 months

Hey friends, family and followers, this is Michael W. Twitty, your guide through the history and legacy of Africana foodways the world over and in the American South. ( In my 41st year on earth it's time to finally make the trip of a lifetime to West Africa, the source of soul food. I have tested my DNA and I am hoping to reverse the Middle Passage and go to Senegal, one of several countries in the region where I have deep genetic roots, in this case among the Serer people. I hope to visit with, a tour group that takes DNA tested African Americans on heritage visits to their ancestral homelands. This trip represents a full circle return after years and years of research, to discover first hand the food traditions that shaped so much of early Southern cooking.

I cannot tell you how much it will mean for me to see for myself the Door of No Return where my Ancestors left Senegal nearly 300 years ago, or to cook with my cousins, visit the rice fields, make pink salt, talk with people in the markets and watch the fishing boats come in. After completing my first major book for HarperCollins, The Cooking Gene, this experience I hope will add greater depth to my work and give me the opportunity to shed light on the great things the Continent has to share with Afro-Diasporans looking to visit their homelands and for all people looking to understand our collective debt to African civilizations. This journey, which I hope you will support me in taking will be a dream come true.

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Wow, only 1487 to go! Send to every social media platform you have pretty please.
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I can buy my airline ticket now! I still need to buy my tour package (1700)
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1200 or so gets me on the plane.
1700 is my room, board and food
100 is my travel insurance
500 makes sure I'm not broke while there.
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So excited to let you guys know I'm finally making the pilgrimage to West Africa! Those of you who have followed my work know how important this is to my culinary journey and my family legacy. This is a win for all of us, because whatever wisdom I gain, I will share with our family of learners of every background.
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$4,905 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 113 people in 29 months
Created March 18, 2017
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Lauren Lam
6 months ago

I believe in you!

Linda Feldman
17 months ago

Trying to donate again...last attempt didn't go through. Good luck on your journey!

Marcie Morgan
20 months ago

This is a very inspiring pursuit and I wish you luck! Connecting with our heritage is soo very important in today's world where a mass majority have lost sight of their heritage and who they truly are!

Dan Macey
25 months ago

This is for everyone who yearns for finding their true home and for finding the foods of their ancestors which formed and feed who they are today.

28 months ago
Thom Fox
28 months ago

An honor and privilege.

Audrey Woods
28 months ago

God bless and keep you on your journey and post Angels all along your way to be kind, aide and assist you as you pilgrimage to the Mother land and bring back your stories, information and share with us. Big hug, love and blessings always.

LX Van Drie
28 months ago

I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences with this trip.

Carlos Mena
28 months ago

Have fun in Senegal! -chaz mena

29 months ago
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