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Foodie Fridays: MLK, Jr. Favorite Foods

When you hear the name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it brings to mind images of the March on Washington and his infamous speech on the courthouse steps.  To me, he was one of the greatest civil rights activists this world had ever seen; ensuring his name and legacy fill the history books.  Monday, January 16, 2017, is a National Holiday in celebration of this amazing and historic man.  In honor of Dr. King I have compiled some unique facts and a recipe (with a twist) of one his favorite foods.

  1. King’s name at birth was actually Michael. His father visited Germany and became so inspired by the protestant reformer, Martin Luther, that he not only legally changed his name, but his son’s as well.
  2. King was very smart, he began attending college at the age of 15. He skipped grades 9 and 12.
  3. He posthumously won a Grammy award for his album, Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.
  4. King was infamously a Star Trek fan and is credited with convincing actress Nichelle Nichols to stay with the show.
  5. After his marriage to Coretta Scott, they spent their wedding night in a funeral home! His friend graciously donated the room for them to spend their special night in, because during that time honeymoon suites for African Americans did not exist.

Dr. King will always be remembered for his great contribution to society and his efforts to lay the foundation for racial equality in our country.

King was born in the heart of the south, Atlanta, GA.  He enjoyed the foods he grew up on which included fried chicken, collard greens, candied sweet potatoes, cornbread and pecan pie. Pay homage by preparing a style of his favorite food, cornbread, for your evening dinner as prepared on Southern Bite:

Sweet Corn Spoonbread


  • 1 (8.5-ounce) package JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 (14.75-ounce) can cream style corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 375° and lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until the spoonbread is set.


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