Rosa Parks' peanut butter pancakes tap into African culinary history

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Rosa Parks kicked off the Montgomery bus boycott, and devoted her life to fighting for civil rights. But when she went home, she liked to cook. The Library of Congress released her personal documents, and among them is a recipe for “Featherlite Pancakes,” written on the back of a banking envelope.

Dan Pashman visited Rosa Parks' nieces Sheila McCauley Keys and Deborah Ann Ross.
Dan Pashman visited Rosa Parks' nieces Sheila McCauley Keys and Deborah Ann Ross to share a meal and learn more about their aunt. Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman.

Rosa Parks' pancakes recipe has a special ingredient: peanut butter.
Rosa Parks' pancakes recipe has a special ingredient: peanut butter. Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman.