Marcus Samuelsson’s recreation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Meal That Never Was

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In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Chef Marcus Samuelsson will attempt to recreate a meal that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was scheduled to have on the day he was assassinated. On April 4, 1968, MLK had planned to have dinner with Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles in Memphis. The dinner, to be prepared by women in Kyles’ congregation, included Southern favorites like fried chicken, ham, sweet potatoes, and sweet potato pie, and was later known as “The meal that never was.” Today at his restaurant in Harlem, Red Rooster, Samuelsson will pay tribute to MLK with a meal based on that menu.

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2 responses to “Marcus Samuelsson’s recreation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Meal That Never Was

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I woke up this morning thinking that, in the future, I wanted to plan a dinner or a gathering to honor MLK, Jr. to mindfully mark the occasion. This is a great resource.

  2. Thanks for reading – glad this post was useful to you!

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