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Georgia Gilmore Kept the Montgomery Bus Boycotters Fed!


Georgia Gilmore Kept the Montgomery Bus Fed


According to Maria Godoy a National Public Radio correspondent, in December 1955, while Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus fueling the citywide bus boycott movement, Georgia Gilmore was working behind the scenes feeding the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr. and other activists who organized the citywide bus boycott.


As King and fellow ministers met with the Montgomery Improvement Association, Gilmore was on site selling fried chicken sandwiches and other foods to those who pledged not to use the city’s buses until they were desegregated. It’s a little-known fact that her ‘secret kitchen’ played a key role in “feeding the civil rights movement” and she “poured the profits back into the movement” as reported by John T. Edge in his book “The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.” “In the process her kitchen became a locus for change,” quoted Edge, the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance based out of the University of Mississippi. The alliance documents the “intersection of food and culture in the south. “Gilmore organize