Recipe to keeping MLK's dream alive takes some mixing and some stirring

features@beaufortgazette.comJanuary 14, 2014 


Martin Luther King Jr.

RIC THORNTON — Submitted photo

St. Helena High School's Class of 1967 went on its senior trip to Tennessee and visited the Lookout Mountains and Ruby Falls. They also went to Atlanta, where they went to see the Braves play -- the marquee outside the stadium even identified the class as guests.

We were still in the days of segregation back then, but we visited all the places that made Atlanta the city of progress -- the city where African-Americans were striving to make things better.

We went to Ebenezer Baptist Church for our Sunday morning services. When we found out that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not only be there that morning, but he was scheduled to preach, the excitement was high. We could not believe we were going to get to see this well-known man. The Class of 1967 can say they saw him and heard him. We remember some of his words even though it as been more than 40 years ago.

The hours King spent at Penn Center planning, the days of marching, the "I Have A Dream" speech, there were all important steps toward making this world a better place.

This past Jan. 11 marked the 12th year of the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast in Beaufort, sponsored by Xi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (King was an Alpha). The breakfast always has a speaker and each year the fraternity honors people who have done work to keep the dream alive.

The event serves as a call to giving and a call for people to continue King's work -- lest they fall into old habits. It begins with an evaluation of one's self. If a difference is to be made, it begins with one individual wanting to join hands to do so.

Every item on the menu required stirring and mixing, a perfect metaphor for the stirring and mixing required from society so that King's light does not grow dim.

The celebration of King is marked by Monday's holiday. Since the founding of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, these strong men have been the voice and vision to the struggle of African-Americans and people of color around the world.


"Hominy grits are a Southern institution. The process of making hominy grits begins when corn kernels, dried on the cob are removed by soaking the cobs in a special solution to soften the kernels. Next the kernels are hulled and degermed using friction and dried. The coarse whitish grains we enjoy as grits are then ground from hominy."

-- "Southern Homecoming Traditions, Recipes and Remembrances," by Carolyn Quick Tillery (2006)

1 cup grits

4 cups cold water

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix grits in water and place on moderate heat; add salt. Cook and stir for 10 minutes, turn on low heat and allow to cook for 15-30 minutes, stirring often.

Source: Ervena Faulkner's personal files


Desired number of eggs


Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Butter or vegetable oil

Beat eggs slight to mix yolk and white. Add a little milk, salt and pepper. Turn into a frying pan in which butter or cooking oil has been added to grease it thoroughly. Cook slowly, stirring until thickened, scraping from the bottom of pan so that eggs are evenly cooked. Serve immediately.

Source: Ervena Faulkner's personal files


2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons shortening

About 3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix and sift the flour, baking powder and salt, and work in the shortening with the finger tips or a pastry blender. Add milk to make a dough as soft as can be handled. The exact amount will depend on the capacity of the flour to absorb liquid. Turn the dough on a floured board, pat it out and roll to 3/4-inch in thickness. Handle as little as possible. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Source: "Pictorial Review Standard Cookbook," by Chester Smith (1931)


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