Soul Food Sunday – May

Our friends at Green Mountain College have graciously offered to host our next Soul Food Sunday! Please join us Sunday, May 6th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Green Mountain College’s Withey Hall, located at Green Mountain College, 1 Brennan Circle, Poultney, VT 05764.

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. To further reflect this mission, the Events Committee of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP has decided to commemorate Cinco de Mayo as the central theme for our Soul Food Sunday event.

Cinco de Mayo, while not widely celebrated in Mexico, is believed to have been originated by Mexicans living in California in the 1860’s in response to the unlikely victory of Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Pubela on May 5, 1862. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican independence, which would not happen until 1867 after the defeat and expulsion of French forces from Mexico in 1867. Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th.

We ask that those planning to attend our event be respectful and mindful that our intention is to celebrate in a culturally sensitive manner. Below are a few articles regarding the history of Cinco de Mayo and how best to commemorate this largely misunderstood celebration:

Additionally, below is an online potluck sign-up for our event. It is important to our branch to keep our Soul Food Sundays free to our communities and ask that if possible, to please bring a dish to share with other attendees. Please do not bring alcohol; this a family-friendly event!

Potluck sign up:

Please feel free to contact our Second Vice President, Lakeisha Brown ( or Treasurer, Jennifer Philo ( if you have any questions. Thank you!

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