michael twitty

Michael Twitty



Nominated by Crystal Hayling


Michael W. Twitty is the author of Afroculinaria, a food blog that serves as a forum for dialogue on race and ecology. For many native communities and people of color, the environment is deeply entwined with culture and with food. However, public discourse around climate has largely relied on data-rich messaging rather than emotional messaging and experiences. Drawing from his African-American and Jewish heritage, Michael uses gastronomy to bring Americans together, uniting cultures around food and engaging in conversations about the systems that drive them apart.