According to the Huffington Post, Martin Luther King's favorite foods were fried chicken and pecan pie. These two dishes are considered staples of Southern cuisine.
National Public Radio argues that food played an important part of the civil rights movement. Popular civil rights leaders would gather around the table and enjoy Southern foods, such as fried chicken, catfish and cornbread, while devising the movement's strategy. Southern food has very close ties with African-American culture. Food staples, such as okra and black-eyed peas, came directly from the slave trade. Slaves also influenced how foods were cooked by introducing the method of frying foods.