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NEA Big Read: Bolivar County – African American Foodways with Adrian Miller

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Delta State University, as part of a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant, will host culinary historian and author Adrian Miller to share his expertise in the importance of African American foodways. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.

Adrian Miller is a food writer, James Beard Award winner, attorney, and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, Colorado. Adrian received an A.B in International Relations from Stanford University in 1991, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. From 1999 to 2001, Miller served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America – the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation. Miller went on to serve as a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. From 2004 to 2010, he served on the board for the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Miller’s first book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His second book, “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas” was published on President’s Day 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction,” and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History. Adrian’s third book, “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue,” was published Spring 2021, and won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2022.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Michelle Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu.



February 6
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm