When Harvey Savage Jr. and his father opened the Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor, he didn’t exactly foresee it’d one day celebrate its 45th anniversary.

“We’ve survived the 45 years,” said Savage Jr., the kitchen’s executive director. “It feels surreal because when I think about it. I remember when it started; it seems like it was a short time ago.”

The MLK Kitchen, 650 Vance St., opened in April 1969. It will celebrate its 45th anniversary on April 26 with a “Sapphire Soiree.” The event is open to the public and will feature a silent auction and music by Tantric Soul.

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