Veganism: Its Impact on the Health and Culture of Minorities

By Lakisha Bostick

Editor’s note: The following is a multimedia graduate capstone project. All Hofstra Herbert School of Communication graduate students must complete such a project.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, vegan is defined as “a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals. also : one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather).”

Veganism, according to, is currently defined “as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it from food, clothing, or any other purpose.”

A Closer look at the term “Vegan” and its History

The term “vegan” was coined back in 1944 by a British man named Donald Watson. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to go vegan.

More African-Americans going Vegan to better their health

The number of African-Americans going vegan continues to grow, as many claim the lifestyle change is improving their health.

Maintaining a Soul Food culture with Vegan food

Plant-based soul food is changing the face of traditional soul food ingredients in minority communities.

Health — “Before going Vegan I had a resting headache for 1 year and 7 months. After 10 days of going vegan my headache went away! I started feeling better everyday after that.”

Tabitha Brown, Vegan Influencer & Actress

Culture — “Having culturally appropriate plant-based recipes has allowed Black folks to feel a little more comfortable, even when just experimenting.” (with vegan food and recipes)

Bryant Terry, Chef, Activist & Author



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