Welcome to Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie's personal website

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Mom, Mandela, and Feeding the Revolution

My mother Margaret Opie had been a tireless Hudson Valley based grass roots organizer for movements like the international ones to free political prisoner Nelson Mandela and ending apartheid in South Africa. Mom would be cooking food and getting on the phone to coordinate the food others would bring to one of her meetings or events. Feeding those engaged in revolutionary movements with soul food such as fried chicken, collard greens, pies, and cakes is etched in my childhood memories. The food helped participants to do the necessary work at meetings and demonstrations to advance progressive movements such as the African National Congress' goal of the abolition of apartheid. 

Eating While Poor in the Jim Crow South

Eating While Poor in Guatemala City