Denver Public Schools lunch menu: Fried chicken, collard greens for MLK Day

Colorado was the first state to make Martin Luther King's birthday a holiday, and the annual Marade, the march/parade in his honor, is the largest in the country.

So how does Denver Public Schools mark this august occasion? By offering a lunch menu on January 15 -- the same day the city hosts the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Business Social Responsibility Awards -- that's billed as "In Honor of M.L.King," and features "Southern Style" chicken, collard greens and sweet potatoes.

Yesterday, DPS apologized for the menu, which was "highly insensitive in light of certain hurtful stereotypes still harbored in parts of our society," according to a statement posted on the district's web site.

On January 18, before the annual Marade that kicks off in nearby City Park, the DPS Student Board of Education will host an MLK Day breakfast in the East High School auditorium to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Let's just hope they don't offer Colt 45 along with the oatmeal.

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