Tracye McQuirter
BornWashington, DC
OccupationPublic Health Nutritionist
Vegan Activist
EducationNew York University (MPH, Public Health Nutrition)
Amherst College (BA, African American Studies)
Sidwell Friends School
GenreVegan Education, Activism, Lifestyle
Notable worksAgeless Vegan (2018)
By Any Greens Necessary (2010) “African Vegan Starter Guide” (2015)

Tracye McQuirter is an African-American public health nutritionist and a Vegan/Plant-based[1] author who appears in the 2024 documentary, You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment.[2]


McQuirter grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1984.[3][4] She received her B.A. from Amherst College in 1988[5] and her Masters in Public Health Nutrition (MPH) from New York University in 2003.[4]


Actor and activist Dick Gregory introduced McQuirter to vegetarianism in 1986 when he gave a talk on the subject at Amherst during her sophomore year.[6][7] When she was a junior, she spent a semester in Kenya and had experiences there that made her decide to become a vegetarian. During her second semester, when she was an exchange student at Howard University, she discovered what she later described as a "large Black vegan and vegetarian community in Washington D.C." This group, which was also influenced by Gregory and his book Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature, taught her how to be a vegan. However, at that time McQuirter notes that, "there were not a lot of options in terms of grocery stores. There was no Whole Foods... we had to basically cook everything for ourselves."[8][6][9]

McQuirter co-founded "" (1996-1997), the first vegan website by and for African Americans.[6][10]

According to the New York Times, her 2010 book, By Any Greens Necessary contributed to the rise of veganism among African-Americans between the time of its release and 2017 (when the article was published).[11] She also co-authored the African American Vegan Starter Guide in 2016 with the Farm Sanctuary.[12]


Vegetarian Times named her a "New Food Hero" in 2017,[13] and Self Magazine listed her cookbook Ageless Vegan as one of the "16 Best Healthy Cookbooks" of 2018.[14] In 2019, she was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame [10] and PBS named her a "Woman Thought Leader."[15]



  1. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria (2023-05-16). "Black Americans Are Going Vegan At A Higher Rate Than Anyone Else. Here's Why And How You Can Do It Too". Essence (magazine). Retrieved 2024-01-12.
  2. ^ Chiorando, Maria. "Vegans have better sex, live longer and are healthier – according to new Netflix documentary". Vegan Food & Living. Retrieved 9 January 2024.
  3. ^ "Sidwell Friends School 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award". Sidwell Friends School. 2019. Retrieved 2020-06-09.
  4. ^ a b Milloy, Courtland (2020-04-28). "Inequities helped covid-19 ravage the black community. But there are things we can do to help ourselves". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  5. ^ "Amherst College Alumni Reunion 2018". Amherst College. 2018. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  6. ^ a b c Jones, Alexis (2019-06-29). "RACE AND THE ROOTS OF VEGANISM". NEHA Magazine. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  7. ^ McQuirter, Tracye (2018-07-11). "'I'm Vegan And I've Got More Energy Now Than I Did In College'". Women's Health. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  8. ^ Associated Press (2011-01-05). "Vegan Diets Become More Popular, More Mainstream". CBS News. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  9. ^ Phanor-Faury, Alexandra (2015-04-08). "Vegetarianism: A Black Choice". Ebony. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  10. ^ a b Hussain, Ruksana (2020-04-07). "Tracye McQuirter Spearheads a Vegan Movement for Black Women Everywhere". Cuisine Noir. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  11. ^ Severson, Kim (2017-11-28). "Black Vegans Step Out, for Their Health and Other Causes". New York Times. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  12. ^ Phanor-Faury, Alexandra (2016-09-28). "New African American Vegan Starter Guide Revamps the Plate of Black America". Farm Sanctuary. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  13. ^ Dowdle, Hillari (2017-05-01). "The New Food Heroes". Vegetarian Times. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  14. ^ a b Byrne, Christine (2018-10-20). "The 16 Best Healthy Cookbooks of the Year". Self Magazine. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  15. ^ PBS (2019-12-22). "Woman Thought Leader: Tracye McQuirter". PBS. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  16. ^ Cleary, Lisa (2010-10-14). "A Revolution to Lose Weight, Look Phat". WRC-TV (NBC4 Washington). Retrieved 2020-06-07.