Making gumbo is a lot like the struggle for equality. To advance equality, you need the right combination of ingredients prepared in just the right way. You start with your base of supporters (your stock). Then you add allies to join the cause (a diverse mix of ingredients). When it's time to advance your cause, you engage in the struggle. To me, the struggle is a lot like making roux over a hot stove. If you're not careful you can burn your roux - or yourself! But with patience, constant stirring and a watchful eye, the results can be so satisfying. When done right, gumbo is a labor of love.
I hope you're as hungry for equality as you are for gumbo. Join us this Sunday from 4:30-7 PM at the Hi-Tone Cafe at 1913 Poplar Avenue. The $10 admission benefits the work of Tennessee Equality Project. Learn more about the event on Facebook.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
- Jonathan Cole