Join journalist, cookbook author, editor, television host, mentor, and community advocate Toni Tipton-Martin, the 2021 Julia Child Award recipient, for a virtual salon on November 12th. Tipton-Martin will convene a panel of trailblazing women in a conversation about the role of research and archives in recovering and enriching historical narratives around food history. The discussion will explore the essential acts of primary research, writing, mentorship, and public outreach.
Tipton-Martin will kick off the event with award-winning journalist and biographer A’Lelia Bundles. Together, they will share new perspectives on Bundles’s great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, the noted Black entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. Through their careful research in the Madam Walker Family Archives, a new understanding of Walker’s intellectual salons, hosted in her home, has emerged.
Honoring the tradition of Walker’s salons, the event will continue with Tipton-Martin welcoming New York Times best-selling author, host, and executive producer, Padma Lakshmi, and journalist, food historian, and cookbook author, Sandra Gutierrez. At the heart of this event lies a message about the role women play as researchers, writers, and keepers of their communities’ histories; the critical role of women’s networks in facing challenges and barriers as well as in mentoring future generations; and the inspiring ways in which women can support each other in personal and professional realms.
This program will be pre-recorded and released on the National Museum of American History’s YouTube channel on November 12th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRFLrD_4jzQ