2022 Black History Month Celebration-Soul Food

February 10, 2022, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2022 Black History Month Celebration- DeKalb History Center

Soul Food is perhaps the most misunderstood cuisine in American culinary history. For a long time, African Americans proudly called chitlins, collards, and hog maws, survival food. But now, Soul Food is criticized by some as shameful and backwards. What is the truth according to DeKalb’s citizenry?

Join us as Adrian Miller, James Beard Award Winner, kicks off the event with a special live video message to attendees. Next, Chef Asata Reid and culinary historian Akila McConnell give dynamic presentations about the places, people, and recipes that shaped DeKalb’s Soul Food history. Then, enjoy a catered Soul Food meal prepared by Phenomenal Foods by Chef Holly and participate in an informative panel discussion. After this presentation, you will approach your next Soul Food meal with a newfound reverence and perspective.


Akila McConnell, Author and Culinary Historian

Chef Asata Reid, Chef and Community Health Educator


Thursday, February 10, 2022

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 2nd floor


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COVID-19 updates:

Attendance at this event is already capped at 60% and may be further reduced. Sponsors have priority with their in-person tickets. If conditions cause us to go entirely virtual, you will receive an equivalent number of virtual tickets. Properly worn masks are required unless you are actively eating, drinking, or presenting.

 To ensure the well-being of guests, volunteers and staff, the DeKalb History Center requires each guest to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test result, obtained within 48 hours (2 days) of this event. COVID tests will not be available onsite. To speed up check-in, please have each guest email a copy of their Vaccine Card or Vaccine Record to


2022 Sponsors





Judge & Mrs. Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr.