Okra may be the most meaningful vegetable for this singular moment

Because it’s so important in Black American cooking, it’s a great time to discover its virtues.

Fresh okra pods are spread on a brown basket.
Fresh okra is at peak season in late summer and early fall | Photo by Leslie Brenner

Last September, Leah Penniman, a food sovereignty activist and author of Farming While Black, gave a talk at Harvard Divinity School on “African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice.” In it, she reportedly told the story of her great, great…