Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK Day and Montgomery Foodways Part 2

Down home Montgomery, Alabama pound cake, recipes below  
Last week I started talking about Martin Luther King (MLK), Georgia Gilmore, food, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. When Montgomery authorities arrested Rosa Parks for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger, just about the entire black community of the city rallied to her aid. ED Nixon, President of the Montgomery NAACP and active member of A Phillip Randolph’s Pullman Porter’s Union, organized a meeting of the city’s black leaders. To insure solidarity among this often fragmented group, they agreed on MLK, a newcomer with impeccable credentials (Morehouse grad, PhD. from Boston University, Daddy King’s son, and a gifted orator) to serve as the president and spokesmen of the newly established Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA). Women, who Nixon did not invite to the MIA organizing meeting, organized their own groups. Georgia Gilmore, who took the lead, called them the “Club from No Where.” They included black women from the south side and west side of the city who organized clubs dedicated to using their baking skills to raise money for the MIA and the success of the bus boycott. 

Sautter’s Old Fashioned Pound Cake Recipe

1 pound butter
1 pound sugar
1 pound shell eggs, separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons orange extract
1 pound all-purpose flour, sifted

Cream butter and beat in sugar gradually. Cream together well. Add the egg yolks bit by bit and continue beating until thoroughly blended. Add flavorings, lightly fold in flour. Beat egg whites just barely stiff, fold again and oh so gently. Pour into two loaf pans (8x4x3) lined with heavy waxed paper and buttered. Bake 1 ½ hours in moderate oven (325 degrees F).
Clementine Paddleford, Food Editor, The Baltimore Sun, February 5, 1950

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