Alveda King Shares Her Favorite Recipes for Holiday Gatherings
“For seven generations, members of the Williams King Family Legacy, the family of Martin Luther King, Sr. and his wife Alberta Williams King, have been preaching and cooking, providing ministry and hospitality in the midst of tragedy and triumph, trials and victories,” shares Alveda. Her cookbook. GG's Home for the Holidays Cookbook, is a collection of the memories of those times blended in with favorite holiday recipes inspired by family members and friends.
Often people ask what her uncle’s, Martin Luther King, favorite food was for family meals. She says, “He enjoyed fried chicken and collard greens.” Her dad, Reverend A.D. King, especially loved breakfast foods and her mom’s breakfast sandwiches. For Easter, Alveda shares some of her favorite recipes to help make your holiday gathering special:
• Lovely Rack of Lamb (p. 45 picture in book) This tasty recipe is easy to prepare with a five-minute Worcestershire sauce marinade before searing on each side and placing in the oven.
• GG’s Sauteed Garlicky Green Beans (p. 35 picture in book) An easy, but popular dish for your guests or family.
• “Angel Eggs” (p. 37 no picture in book, but there is a picture of her mom and video of her mom preparing eggs when you scan QR code in the book) This is a dish her mother, Dr. Naomi King, also known as “The Butterfly Queen” would prepare. As the First Lady of the church where her husband, Rev. A.D. King, would pastor she was often known as the “hostess with the mostess” for her hospitality and well-set tables.
• Leafy Salad w/ Berries or Tomatoes (p. 34 no picture in book) Alveda usually adds a salad with any meal. Salad greens come in many varieties. A popular choice is Arugula. “The secret to good salad is texture and color,” shares Alveda. You can add strawberries or tomatoes or whatever is in season.
• GG’s Quick & Tasty Tangy Salad Dressing (p. 64) An easy recipe you can usually make with what you have in your refrigerator.
• GG’s Yummy Gluten Free Holiday Cornbread Stuffing (p. 36 picture in book) This recipe is gluten free and a favorite with her family during the holidays.
• Rolls (not in book)
• Lemonade (not in book)
Alveda will DEMO the recipe below:
• Jan’s Delish Carrot Cake – (p. 56 picture in book) A simple and delicious dessert for the Easter holiday. She suggests serving this cake with ice cream or coffee.
She is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King (Alveda became an activist herself at the age of twelve when her dad took her to her first march in 1963) and the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed in 1968 by an assassin’s bullet. A.D. and Martin Luther King’s message to “love everybody and do the right thing” is what their families continue to try to do to follow in their footsteps. They preach the message of love and forgiveness.
Alveda is the guardian of the King Family Legacy. She oversees that the truths that have made the King family influential and prosperous are protected and continue to be shared. She highlights the King's core value of fighting for justice because it is the very essence of who they are. Fighting injustice started with Alveda’s grandfather who lobbied hard for black privileges while pastoring at their church. Alveda’s father promoted credit unions for his church members and encouraged people to further their education during the civil rights movement. She serves as Chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for the American Dream works to remind people of her uncle’s message, “There’s only one human race.”
Alveda is a Christian evangelist and founder of Speak for Life, and Alveda King Ministries. She is also an acclaimed author, Fox News Channel contributor, Fox Nation host (for a cooking show which came about as a result of her cooking demo on the 700 Club), NEWSMAX blog contributor, twice elected to GA State House, past presidential appointee, 2021 recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a film and music industry veteran.
She also focuses on the evils of abortion and calls for the same civil rights for the unborn. Alveda explains, “Every human being must be afforded life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, from conception until natural death,” she continues, “This state of human-being includes family stability, good education, gainful financial security, good health, freedom to worship God, and freedom to respect the human estate of every person…This is the true meaning of human rights and human dignity.”
Alveda also strives to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Alveda King Ministries. She works hard in fighting for the stability and foundation of the traditional family while promoting values and morals. She also offers tangible resources for families in need so they can live prosperously to their full potential. She explains, “We aim to educate through community events, mentoring programs, media campaigns scholarship awards, coalition-building Christian advocacy groups and other means of positive reinforcement to lead people to Christ in expectancy of life, family, hope and ‘agape love’ in the global community.”
VIDEO TRIBUTE TO HER FATHER
Alveda credits her dad with teaching her all about Jesus growing up. Recently, she made a video honoring her dad called Walk on Water: Walk On Water (Is That You) - Alveda King - YouTube.
EASTER HOLIDAY AND TRADITIONS
• Alveda’s family considers Easter season a time of "great hope." She quotes John 3:16, "For God so loved the world so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."
"During Easter season at my house and when I attend church, we concentrate on victory, on hope, on how God has loved us so much and has not abandoned us," shares Alveda. Although they celebrate the holiday with the eggs and the pretty dresses she says, “It’s more important to remember why we celebrate Easter. It’s the time that Jesus made that sacrifice, and He was crucified and rose again." * Fox News, Alveda King Shares Heartfelt Message Ahead of Easter: It’s All About Love, by Maria Lencki (April 13, 2022). https://www.foxnews.com/media/alveda-king-shares-heartfelt-easter-message.
• The Easter season should always be a time of healing and renewal. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 15:13). It is important for the joy of the Lord to shine through you despite your circumstances so you can show God's love. “If there is sadness, ask God to help you. Show everyone you see today that the Spirit of God is alive and well within you by presenting your joyful face to everyone you meet,” shares Alveda. Remember each day that God is good and take time to reflect on the sacrifice and gifts of Christ. "The Lord will bless his people with peace" (Ps. 29:11). *Easter Blessings in the Midst of the Storms by Alveda King (April 15, 2022) https://www.truthpr.com/easter-blessings-in-the-midst-of-the-storms-by-evangelist-alveda-king/.
Heart Attack No Match for Prayer
July 16th, 2016 was like most Saturdays for Bruce. He was at a men’s prayer breakfast at church, and had just taken his seat.
Doug remembered that morning, “I’m sitting directly across from Bruce. I looked over and I see Bruce and he just rolled back and his eyes roll back in his head and his left arm goes over that chair and he hits the floor.”
The men started CPR and called 9-1-1. EMTs arrived within minutes and confirmed Bruce was having a massive heart attack. EMT Jordan Shaffer recalled the scene, “We started giving the proper medications that we needed to give. We defibulated several times throughout the run and nothing seemed to be working.”
Doug said, “For all purposes he was gone. We hadn’t seen him breathing, nobody said anything about a heart beat and so we began to pray.”
EMT Jarret Heaston said, “After 20 minutes when he was still in vfib, it was time to make some other decisions.”
Out of options, they called the ER and reached Dr. Ryan Bence. As a last ditch effort, he told them to try a radical, seldom used technique.
Dr. Bence explained the procedure, “I had them hook up two defibulators to the patient and simultaneously shock using the two defibulators and they were able to get a pulse back.”
As Bruce was being rushed to the ER, his wife Dee had been contacted and was on her way to the hospital with a friend from church. The only thing they told her was that Bruce had “passed out”. “I had a fear of the unknown.” Dee recalled, “I didn't know what the ‘pass out’ meant. Your mind can go in many different directions. I just wanted to get to the hospital.”
Meanwhile, the ambulance had gotten to the hospital, but his heart had stopped again.
Dr. Bence said, “When they arrived they were actively doing CPR. The patient was blue, blue as the color of my scrubs; that certainly was a poor prognosis.” Even if Bruce did survive, he could have severe brain damage. But that didn’t stop Dr. Bence and his team from making every effort to save his life. Dr. Bence continued, “6, 7 minutes without oxygen to the brain and you begin to exhibit some neurologic injury to the brain and he had had we think well over 47 minutes. We typically have about a 0.8 chance of even getting a pulse back after 30 minutes. Still just an incredibly poor prognosis.”
When Dee arrived, she was escorted to the room where the medical team was working to save her husband. “That was hard. He’s got uh apparatuses in his mouth and he's obviously not the right color, you know, it was hard.” Dee recalled, “God has to make this right. That's what I thought, "God has to make this right." I didn't – where else do you turn, you know, but to God?”
Dee wasn’t the only one crying out to God. The men from church and other friends came to pray. Jack Herring remembered, “We didn’t understand exactly why this was taking place, didn’t need to understand that; but basically we were asking for God to intervene.”
Then finally, doctors got a steady pulse. Dr. Bence said, “His color pinked up and started making some purposeful movements which still I can’t fully explain how that recovery occurred so rapidly. It was quite impressive to see.”
Dee remembered, “Dr. Bentz said to me, ‘I think we've seen a miracle here today’” Doctor’s found that the circumflex artery was 100% blocked. They inserted a stent to restore blood flow, but they still had concerns. Dee said, “He was considered clinically dead. Total, an hour and seven minutes with no pulse. Because Bruce had been without oxygen for that length of time, it could have been total brain damage. And so there was still a fear but I had a peace that I can’t explain. And I look back at it now and I think that’s only because of prayer.”
Bruce improved dramatically over the next few days. Dee remembered, “The doctors were astounded because he had started to breathe on his own. And when the respiratory therapist took the vent tube out he said, ‘Hello’. And you know we just looked at each other and he just looked at us. Bruce just stared at us and I truly believe God was saying to us, through Bruce, ‘I’m here. I’m working in this situation.’ And it gave us that peace.”
In less than a week, Bruce was cleared to go home. Bruce said, “It is just an absolute miracle that I was able to walk out of that hospital six days later. I’m only here because of prayer.”
Today Bruce is healthy and shows no sign of brain damage. He loves spending time with his family and sharing his miracle with others. Bruce continued, “I believe I’m here to share the story of hope and encouragement to those who don’t have some hope and encouragement. And to believe in prayer, the power of prayer.”
Dee believes, “I know that God was a miracle-working God because that’s his promise that ‘I will never leave you or I never will forsake you.’ and I thank God that day that he didn’t. So I’m thankful, I’m grateful, and I know God has done this to give other people hope. And I hope it does.”
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