A Recipe for Change
“Sweet potato pie is the ‘sacred dessert’ of Black people, and it has power. Not only does it give us energy, this pie links us to history, it soothes our spirits and renews us for the much-needed work.”
~ Rose McGee
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for relationships and conversations that advance racial justice, heal race-based trauma, and elevate marginalized voices and experiences. We do this in a number of ways: with the powerful Black cultural food tradition of making and delivering sweet potato pies; through story-circle dialogues, speaker series and workshops; with original community-based artistic productions; with youth/elder mentorship programming; and with additional live events and alliance-building activities that deepen racial justice work.
Building Communities of Care
HEALING • Connection • ACTION • MENTORSHIP • THE ARTS
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie on PBS
Sweet Potato Comfort Pie was founded in 2014 by Rose McGee, in response to the events in Ferguson, MO. Through this journey Ms. McGee discovered that through the process of baking with others, delivering the pies, and gathering for reflection, the pies became far more than a vehicle of comfort food and culture – they were a catalyst for change. Ms. McGee has been forging her own brand of baking activism ever since, responding to the continued crises and racial justice struggles in the united states and beyond. The SPCP organization is dedicated to the work of gathering people for deepened conversation, workshops, youth mentorship, story circles, healing activities and community action. Sweet Potato Comfort Pie’s annual event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King gathers hundreds of people into community each year. See our events for more.