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Social Entrepreneur is for aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs; and for those who want to make an impact on the world. Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. Listen to the stories that led them to become change makers. The guests give advice for early stage and aspiring social entrepreneurs. We always end each episode with a call to action. If you're ready to change the world, join us.
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175, Rose McGee, Sweet Potato Comfort Pies | A Catalyst for Caring and Building Community
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Rose McGee reminds me of that quote from tennis legend Arthur Ashe. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. Rose calls sweet potato pie “the sacred desert of black culture.” She grew up with her grandmother and great-grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee. As an adult, Rose decided that she wanted to make sweet potato pie. She called her grandmother and got the recipe. “Nothing was written down,” she says. “It was a pinch of this and a handful of that.” Rose’s first experiments with making sweet potato pie did not turn out. But she kept baking. Soon, friends were requesting her pies. And after a while, she had a small business. She would sell her pies at flea markets and other events. She soon learned just how important sweet potato pie can be. Some refused to try her pies. “No, I only eat my own pies.” While others would be drawn to the pies. “This reminds me of my grandmother,” they would tell her. Rose realized, “I was getting more satisfaction out of how people were feeling, more so than selling the pies.” While she enjoyed the experience of baking pies, pie baking was not a sustainable business. “Lord knows I was not making money.” So, she shut down her pie-making business. But a couple of years later, an incident sent Rose back to the kitchen, baking sweet potato pies. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. This incident brought long-simmering issues to the surface. Protests broke out, some peaceful and some violent. Rose was at home watching the news of Ferguson from her home in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Rose thought, “This is awful. I have to do something.” Instinctively, she went into the kitchen and made sweet potato pies. She did not stop until she had 30 pies. She called a church pastor in Ferguson and arranged to bring the pies. Rose and her son loaded the pies into the trunk of her car and drove to Ferguson. When they arrived, much of the initial turmoil had ended. They drove to the makeshift memorial for Michael Brown. There, Rose encountered a woman in her early twenties. Rose says that the woman was “fussing at” Michael. “Why would you do that?” the young woman cried out in grief. Rose approached the young woman and asked if she would accept a sweet potato pie. “I just wanted to do something for her,” Rose recalls. Once the young woman realized that Rose had come all the way from Mi
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Date published: 2016-08-12