Dinner with Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK dinner

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives

Last October, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institution.  While dining in the museum’s Sweet Home Café, I noticed a wall of photos in the back.  I took a look, and this one caught my eye– a casual scene at the dinner table of Martin Luther King, Jr, in Montgomery, Alabama.  I love this image of a relaxed, jovial Dr. King chatting with his friends and family.

Then, of course, I wondered, what were they eating? (Even activists need to eat!) The exhibit didn’t mention those details, but apparently Dr. King was a fan of Southern and soul food classics, according to this blog post: “A favorite meal was the Sunday feast of fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas and corn bread.”

I won’t pretend to have Dr. King’s authentic recipes, but I will share a few recipes I have here for black-eyed peas, cornbread and a vegan cornbread (scroll to the bottom).  Enjoy, while imagining what it must have been like to have a seat at that dinner table.

 

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