Mom and Grandma fed N’Gai Dickerson right growing up–using old family recipes for soul food.
“They made collard greens. But how’d they make ’em? They put the ham hock in it or they call it the fat back,” he said.
When Dickerson grew up, he realized what he loved didn’t really love him back. It wasn’t healthy.
“I said, ‘Let me find another way to do this. There has to be another way to do this'”
Now he’s working to fix that for kids in his community by teaching cooking lessons for kids in High Point.
High Point Public Liberian Megan Joyce set up a program with Dickerson as a way to teach kids life skills.
“We’re trying to empower the youth to understand food, where it comes from, why it’s unhealthy to eat certain foods,” she said.
The children of High Point are learning how to avoid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and the like so common in the south. They’re also learning they don’t need anyone’s help to do it.
“A lot of people are just afraid and so having a program like this is a benefit to the library to N’Gai and of course to the kids,” Joyce said.