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Feeding the Revolution in Albany, Georgia

Potato salad, recipe below
Around the summer of 1961, NAACP leaders in Albany, Georgia invited SNCC and SCLC leaders to come and discuss a strategy for ending Jim Crow policies in schools eateries and other public spaces. Out side and local civil rights organizations collaborated with students from Albany State College (a HBCU), poor residents of the city, and country farmers to launch the Albany movement in November of 1961. City officials arrested and jailed hundreds for protesters participating in marches, pickets lines, sit-ins, and for attempting to registrar black voters. Angry white officials starved the jailed protesters to try and crush their resolve. The SCLC’s Ralph Abernathy describe one Albany women who showed her support by feeding the jailed members of the movement. “In the middle of the afternoon, the jailer came to us with a plate of fried chicken, potato salad, biscuits, and a huge apple pie. We [MLK and I] both rolled out of bed, starving. . . we looked down the hall and saw a little old black lady smiling and waving . . .Thank you, ma’ am,’ we called out and waved back. ‘You’re welcome,’ she said, ‘and that’s jus the beginning.’ . . . From that moment on we were never without food in our cell. Here is a potato salad recipe that would go well as a side dish for lunch or dinner.

Basic Southern Potato Salad
Recipe Ingredients:
1 – pound red potato
1 – hard boiled egg (or extra firm ) finely chopped
1 – large celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 – cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayo)
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 – cup sweet pickle relish

Thoroughly scrub potatoes, steam them in a large pot until they are tender, remove from the pot to cool, and then mash the un-skinned potatoes in a large bowl. Combine the mashed potatoes with the other ingredients and mix well. Season to taste with sea salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, and a little fresh chopped thyme and parsley. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving salad cold.

Before the 1960 Student Sit-in Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina

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