MLK Sunday Supper is a great way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day and help kids learn more about serving community and helping others on this day of service. Get hosting MLK Sunday Supper ideas (including MLK Jr favorite dessert!) and what to do at your dinner. Definitely add this to your list of Martin Luther King activities for MLK Day ideas, Martin Luther King Jr lessons, or Black History Month activities for kids!
ALL ABOUT MLK SUNDAY SUPPER
Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Dr. King America’s Sunday Supper
What is America’s Sunday Supper?
America’s Sunday Supper was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision that people of all different walks of life would come together around a Sunday dinner table to discuss issues affecting their local communities and how they can help with those issues.
What do you do during America’s Sunday Supper?
- Gather friends, family, and acquaintances of all different beliefs and backgrounds. (Don’t forget to include kids!)
- Host a Sunday night dinner (“supper”) featuring a pitch-in of each families’ favorite dishes and/or honor Dr. King with by hosting MLK supper recipes that were Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite foods. (See our list!) Let your kids get involved in the cooking!
- Discuss the mission of MLK’s Sunday Supper.
- Ask everyone to be prepared to discuss an issue affecting the community (even kids!). Hold meaningful discussion and brainstorm resolutions or ways you can help or volunteer.
- Honor Dr. King by discussing his accomplishments.
- Read MLK children’s books to the kids.
- Have a hands-on volunteer activity like stuffing backpacks of snacks for kids at a shelter, putting together blessing bags for homeless, etc.
- Regularly schedule Sunday night supper with friends and family! Make it a time of fellowship and focus on helping community.
If you’re looking for unique MLK activities for kids, incorporating these Sunday dinner ideas are perfect!
Keep scrolling for ideas for MLK supper foods!
How do you respectfully celebrate MLK Day?
How To Celebrate MLK Day and MLK Day of Service Ideas:
- Read children’s books about Martin Luther King
- Discuss how MLK Day is a day of service
- Help kids understand the dangers of discrimination and racism
- Help a neighbor or family member with some errands or chores
- Declutter toys and games and donate to a local shelter
- Donate food to a local food bank
- Make a helping hands craft
- Host a Dr. King Sunday Supper with immediate family, friends, neighbors, or members of the community
FUN FACT: January is National Sunday Supper Month and there is a Sunday Supper movement to bring back Sunday dinner time with families.
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What was MLK’s favorite food?
Dr. King was from the south, so you’ll find many traditional southern foods in his favorites. Historical accounts (including information from his mama!) document some of Martin Luther King’s favorite foods.
Ideas for Sunday supper:
- Pecan pie
- Collard greens
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Macaroni and cheese
- Fried chicken
- Smothered steak
- Black eyed peas
- BBQ Ribs
- Peach cobbler
- Sweet potato pie
What is Martin Luther King favorite meal?
According to many close to Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. King loved all the traditional southern foods like fried chicken, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. His mother also reported that she made a favorite gelatin dessert that the kids named “Quilly” that Martin loved after one of his favorite meals of ribs and collard greens.
What was Dr Martin Luther King’s favorite dessert?
Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite dessert has been listed as pecan pie. However, Dr. King’s mother also said that one of Martin’s favorites as a child was a gelatin dessert topped with wafer cookies that the kids called “Quilly.”
According to his mother, Mrs. King Sr., she explained that “Quilly,” a cool gentle dessert is necessary after the King’s favorite supper of ribs, collard greens, and baked sweet potatoes. Quilly, according to Mrs. King Sr., was the name the children had given this dessert years ago. She speculates that “maybe because it was garnished with spikes of thin sugar wafers.”
FUN COOKING WITH KIDS IDEA: Come up with your own Quilly recipe in honor of Dr. King!
MORE MLK LEARNING IDEAS:
Children’s Books About Martin Luther King Jr
MLK Books: Parent Read-Alongs For This Topic
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