Culinary Pilgrimage To Senegal

$4,545 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 104 people in 11 days
Michael Twitty  ROCKVILLE, MD

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. ( www.Afroculinaria.com) 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 www.RootstoGlory.com, 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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Posted by Michael Twitty
7 days ago
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Wow, only 1487 to go! Send to every social media platform you have pretty please.
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Update 3
Posted by Michael Twitty
8 days ago
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I can buy my airline ticket now! I still need to buy my tour package (1700)
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Posted by Michael Twitty
9 days ago
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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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Update 1
Posted by Michael Twitty
10 days ago
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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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$4,545 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 104 people in 11 days
Created March 18, 2017
$100
Anonymous
1 day ago
RA
$100
Robert Arndt
1 day ago

Safe travels! I look forward to your sharing your experiences and your information when you return.

MK
$18
Martha Katz-Hyman
1 day ago

It will be an awesome trip!

$18
Nancy Prager
1 day ago

Congratulations!

$15
Anonymous
2 days ago
LK
$18
Leah Koenig
2 days ago

I've admired your work from afar for a while! So excited to support this project, and hope our paths meet at some point.

$5
Christina Fox
2 days ago

As a fellow foodie, and genealogist, I hope you have an amazing time.

$50
Harvest Roots
2 days ago

A no brainer.

JW
$50
judy witts
2 days ago

Safe travels

$500
Anonymous
2 days ago
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