Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Is fast food the hero or the villain in Black America?
Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among Black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald’s have long symbolized capitalism’s villainous effects on our nation’s most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate Black neighborhoods in the first place?
Dr. Chatelain will lead a conversation on the history of the development of fast food franchises and the intersections with race relations, dietary health, Black capitalism, discrimination, and social change.
With insights from her new book, Franchise, The Golden Arches in Black America, Chatelain traces what she calls the hidden history of the relationships between the struggle for civil rights and the expansion of the fast food industry.
Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (2015.)
Moderated by Linda Pelaccio, host of A Taste of the Past podcast.
6:30: sign-in to Zoom
6:40: Presentation followed by general Q & A
7:30: Breakout discussion groups. Each group will be visited by the speaker.
The program is free to members, nonmembers and guests are invited for $10, and advance registration is required through Eventbrite.