In honor of Juneteenth, the Office of Equity and Human Rights is hosting a two-night virtual event, June 14-15, 2022, based on "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America," by Jessica B. Harris, recipient of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

The book was adapted into a Netflix series, "High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America," hosted by food expert Stephen Satterfield. Watch the trailer here.

About the events

On Tuesday, June 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Abena Sankofa Imhotep, Director of Sankofa Literary and Empowerment Group of Des Moines, will facilitate a virtual educational screening of "Juneteenth," episode four of the Netflix series.

On Wednesday, June 15, 7-8:30 p.m., Imhotep will host a discussion of Harris' book.

How to participate

Both events will take place via Zoom. Participants may register here (ID: 958 1441 1906). One registration will sign participants up for both the June 14 and June 15 events.

The Iowa City Public Library has copies of "High on the Hog" to support the program. The book is available in both print and eBook.

The Office of Equity and Human Rights is offering a limited number of complimentary copies of the book if a person has a financial hardship preventing purchasing it. To request a copy, please email or call 319-356-5022.Early requests are encouraged, as the complimentary books will be distributed in the order in which requests are received.

For those who would like to participate in the virtual discussions and do not have access to the internet, the Iowa City Public Library will host both virtual sessions in meeting room D at 123 S. Linn Street.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact Equity Director Stefanie Bowers at 319-356-5022 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Date of publication

Thursday, May 19, 2022