Updated: May 19
In the afternoon of May 15, 2021, City of Tuskegee Councilwoman Norma McGowan Jackson, affectionately known as Iyabode, softly read an excerpt from Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens to the Daughters in the WIT Rites of Passage Circle.
Rev. Dr. Jacquetta Y Parhams then guided the Daughters as they made their own bottles of herbal infusions, scented with healing lavender, jasmine, lemongrass, grapefruit and other natural ingredients. Finally, Dr. Muhjah Shakir introduced the Daughters to the healing properties of sorrel, which is made from dried hibiscus flowers.
The Daughters actually got to taste sorrel during lunch. Aisha Shakir prepared a healthful lunch that included grilled veggie burgers and beef burgers, chocolate chip cookies and a Caribbean drink made from sorrel, lemons and sugar. The Daughters enjoyed lunch on the expansive acres of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace!
Councilwoman Iyabode, Rev. Parhams and Dr. Shakir are part of the Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace Sisterhood Collective in Tuskegee, Alabama. Together with Valerie Adams from the Alabama Indigenous Coalition, they produce a thoughtful cultural experience every month for the Daughters in our WIT Rites of Passage Circle. The girls may not appreciate this experience today; however, they certainly will in years to come!