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In the Kitchen with Alveda King

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Alveda will soon be taking part in an Atlanta-area TV program called The Vision. She’ll be one of five or six hosts who will discuss various aspects of Christian living from their perspectives. The show debuts on December 15 with a Christmas special, then will air monthly beginning in January. 

Another endeavor of Alveda’s is a movement called She Leads Georgia, a faith community of women of many different ethnicities, denominations, and backgrounds. The group celebrates the accomplishments of Godly women in all sectors of society. The goal is to collaborate and love one another to bring faith-based solutions to modern-day challenges.   


What Alveda enjoys most about the Christmas season, she says, is spending time with her large family and taking part in various holiday activities during the month. Singing in the Christmas concert at her church is one of those special events. When it comes to food, she’s always excited to prepare special dishes and enjoy those of her family and friends. “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,” Alveda proudly says. Her cookbook is a collection of the memories of those times blended in with favorite holiday recipes inspired by family members and friends. Some of her favorites for Christmas include:

  • Cornish hens with stuffing - (p. 46, photo) with spices and stuffing, these hens make a festive, beautiful entrée. Alveda will demo this one. 
  • Sweet potato soufflé (not in book)
  • Garlicky green beans (p.35, photo), always a crowd pleaser.
  • Green salad (p. 34, no photo) - salad greens come in many varieties, including arugula. “The secret to good salad is texture and color,” shares Alveda. You can add strawberries or tomatoes or whatever is in season.
  • Cranberry relish, colorful and delicious (not in book)
  • Dinner rolls (not in book)
  • Pumpkin pie with whipped cream, another crowd favorite (not in book)
  • Winter spiced tea or wassail (p. 57, no photo)

Find FREE RECIPES here for " A Sweet King Family Christmas."


Alveda is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed in 1968 by an assassin’s bullet. She became an activist herself at the age of twelve when her dad took her to her first march in 1963. “To love everybody and do the right thing,” was A.D. and Martin’s main message, which their families 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 does her best to see that the truths which have made the family influential and prosperous are protected and continue to be shared. Alveda highlights the King's core value of fighting for justice because she says it’s the very essence of who they are. Fighting injustice started with Alveda’s grandfather who lobbied hard for privileges for Blacks while pastoring at their church. Her father promoted credit unions for his church members and encouraged people to further their education during the civil rights movement. As Chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for the American Dream, she works to remind people of her uncle’s message, “There’s only one race – the human race.”


In her pro-life work, Alveda focuses on the evils of abortion and calls for the civil rights for the unborn. “Every human being must be afforded life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from conception until natural death,” she believes. “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. Through it, she works for the stability and foundation of the traditional family while promoting values and morals. The ministry offers tangible resources for families in need so they can live prosperously to their full potential. “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.”  

Discover more about Alveda King's ministry at, her pro-life ministry, and her new endeavor She Leads Georgia at

And, a sure way to get in the holiday spirit is to purchase Alveda's cookbook, GG's Home for the Holidays, recipes your whole family are sure to love.


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Julie Blim

Julie produced and assigned a variety of features for The 700 Club since 1996, meeting a host of interesting people across America. Now she produces guest materials, reading a whole lot of inspiring books. A native of Joliet, IL, Julie is grateful for her church, friends, nieces, nephews, dogs, and enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing, and travel.