From The Kitchn: Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is a holiday for us (and for many of you) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Here's a quote from a great article about Dr. King. We linked to it last year and find that it is worth rereading:

"The first challenge in honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is to keep it real. I'm fortunate because some of my colleagues actually knew him as a young man and worked closely with him until his death. They tell me that King as a young man loved to have a good time. He loved soul food: red beans and rice, greens and ham hocks and pigs' feet."

Below: how we're celebrating the day...

We made soul food over the weekend because we were craving spicy, bacon-rich collard greens in their rich "pot likker." We'll take any excuse to eat soul food, but Dr. King's holiday is a better excuse than most. If you want to celebrate in your own kitchen, check out Soul Food Advisor for tips and recipes.

And we suggest taking a few minutes to read Letter from Birmingham Jail (in PDF at KingPapers.org). This is a high classic of American history and literature, and it bears great relevance and significance still for our time. We try to read it every year on this day.

Last year's reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Reflections from the Writer's Almanac at AT:New York
Opportunities for a day of service, and a tour the MLK birth home at AT:Chicago

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