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Date: January 22, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Learn About the Food Culture of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders, Feb. 28
Talk by Rockville Historian Michael Twitty at Montgomery College

Rockville historian Michael Twitty believes the best way to learn about the past is to look at what people ate and what they cooked. Twitty’s passion for both food and history led him to write the book “Fighting Old Nep: The Foodways of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders 1634-1864.” In celebration of African American History Month, Twitty will talk about what he learned while researching the book, in a special presentation at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus on Thursday, February 28. The talk will begin at 11 a.m. in the Resource Center, Room 204. The campus is located at 7600 Takoma Avenue, Takoma Park, Md., and parking is available in the nearby Montgomery College garage on Fenton Street.

Incorporating music, historical narratives, and authentic food, Twitty will illustrate the influence of both enslaved and free blacks on the cuisine and culture of the United States. Free and open to the public, this event is co-sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement and the Maryland Humanities Council.

To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Dr. Francine Jamin, director of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement, at 240-567-1385 at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information about this event, contact Dr. Jamin at 240-567-1385 or via e-mail at

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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