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Feeding the Revolution in Montgomery, Alabama

Georgia Gilmore preparing one of here signature cakes in Montgomery, Alabama  
After MLK graduated from Morehouse, he left the South from 1948 to 1953 to attend graduate school in Pennsylvania and Boston. By age 24, MLK earned a Master’s of divinity and doctorate degree. He then married Coretta Scott and moves to Montgomery, Alabama become Pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. In Montgomery King lived just three blocks from Georgia Gilmore a renowned cook in that city. When the bus boycott started in 1955, Gilmore testified in court in support of it and her employer, the National Lunch Company where she worked as a cook, fired her. MLK, who knew from personal experience that the women cook put her foot in it (that’s southern for really cook!), both encouraged her and gave her the capital necessary start a catering business and restaurant out of her home. Gilmore had both black and white customers and folks from all walks of life who came to love her fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, stuffed pork chops, stuffed peppers, and chitins with cole slaw. Anytime VIP’s came to town King would bring them to Gilmore’s restaurant for a batch of her Friday Chicken. In addition MLK would often retreat there to a get a good and safe home cooked meal. I will have more on MLK, Gilmore, food, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott tomorrow. Below are some fried chicken recipe for you:

Butter milk based fried chicken video recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxEhH6MPH28

Traditional soul food type fried chicken recipe with audio: http://www.thegutsygourmet.net/fryed-chix.html

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Tamale Tradition from Guatemala