Many scholars estimate that at least 15% of Africans imported as slaves were Muslim. The remaining practised indigenous forms of worship. All were converted to Christianity. Most became Baptist although slaves from Louisiana became Catholic because of the French settlers. Today 83% of African Americans are Christian. This is why the history of Pancake day is fascinating and relevant to many girls of color.
Pancake Day is also known as Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that were not supposed to be eaten and would go bad during the period of Lent.
Here are some great tips for making the perfect pancake next week Tuesday!
If you missed our feature on the history of Aunt Jemima, click here to read more.
MOCCA Mums, are we giving up anything for Lent?
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