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Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Conversations in Black Families

Intergenerational Conversations

Tiffany Green-Abdullah, M.Ed., pens book exploring early days of Black Muslims and origins of the bean pie

To know where we’re going, we first need to know where we’ve been. Creating spaces for meaningful intergenerational conversations in Black communities is necessary in today’s climate.

Entrepreneur Tiffany Green-Abdullah explores this concept to analyze her ancestral past with her own family in her new book, The Bean Pie: A Remembering of Our Family’s Faith, Fortitude, & Forgiveness.

Bridging the Gap: Intergenerational Conversations in Black
The Bean Pie book cover

“We want to engage and equip young people with their own family history and the necessary tools to research their history and know how to forge a connection between the youngest generation and their elders. Children may discover some unique and interesting facts about their family’s history,” said Green-Abdullah.

The Bean Pie follows four generations of women in Tiffany’s family: Tiffany, her mother, her 2nd great aunt, and her grandmother. She has compiled each lesson and story into one delicately organized book.

Green-Abdullah shares the lessons she and her family have learned by following the original bean pie recipe created by her 2nd great aunt Daisy—a recipe that has stood the test of time to become a celebrated staple in the homes of Black American Muslims. This uplifting and poignant journey through time is sure to inspire everyone to confront their own beliefs and find the courage to move forward in their lives.

Though interests in learning one’s family history are rising, few people realize that they can analyze their ancestral past and apply their findings to their future. When Green-Abdullah began her research into her family’s past, she realized she could learn from not only her own mistakes, fears, and grief but those of her ancestors as well.

Green-Abdullah found that she has much in common with her ancestors despite growing up decades apart. She was intrigued by the fact that many of her ancestors went through similar trials and tribulations yet always found their way through.

“The Bean Pie: A Remembering of our Family’s Faith, Fortitude, & Forgiveness” is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s websites.

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