OKRACAST: Ode to Grandmothers


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Welcome to Okracast, the SFA podcast! This week’s episode is an ode to grandmothers. Cozy up to the table as Chef Bill Smith of Crooks Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina remembers dinner time at the table of his great-grandmother. Our oral history sample comes from Sara Wood’s interview with Ida Ma Musu. Chef Ma Musu owns Africanne on Main as well as Chef Ma Musu’s Cultural Cooking School for young girls, both in Richmond, Virginia. Mrs. Ma Musu was raised in Monrovia, Liberia, where her grandmother had moved as part of the American Colonization Society, a movement sending freed slaves back to Africa. In 1980, Mrs. Ma Musu fled war-torn Liberia, and came to the United States. In her interview, Mrs. Ma Musu remembers the profound influence of her grandmother. Visit www.southernfoodways.org for more.

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