Drinking Coffee in Honor of MLK

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 7:55am  |  COMMENTS (1)

MLK coffee 1-17-08.jpgMartin Luther King, Jr., drank a lot of coffee. He drank it in the mornings. He drank it while writing his famous speeches. He drank it when he came home exhausted.

is what fellow mom, Nicole Gray, tells me. She is a local
friend, and I get a buzz just reading her blog, DrinkingCoffeeAlltheTime. She got some parents together this weekend at Starbucks on Church Street to toast MLK with coffee. (That’s me, second to last on the right. Nicole is on my left.)

If you drink too much coffee, you’ll hallucinate, as I wrote earlier this week on my CafeMom Healthy Living blog. But in moderation, Nicole always tells me its health benefits. She says:

According to November 2008 Consumer Health Reports, coffee:

  • Decreases risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Aids gallbladder function—decreases risk of developing gallstones
  • May help prevent Parkinson’s disease due to increased dopamine supply in the brain.

Nicole adds, “Beyond health benefits, coffee makes communities function better. It’s the elixir of productivity and enthusiasm.”

She urges us to raise a cup of joe to MLK today.

your kids home from school on this historically significant
pre-inauguration MLK Day? Mine are, and we’re going to special services
in honor of MLK downtown at St. Paul Baptist Church at noon. What are you up to?


  1. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  January 19, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    I started my morning with a big cup of coffee. We watched MLK’s March on Washington speech with the kids, followed by the “Yes We Can” video for Obama. Another cup of coffe for me. Now, we are about to head out to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for their MLK special events and watch the Harlem Children’s choir.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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