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Peace Through Pie socials celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s message

Addie Broyles

Since 2008, Luanne Stovall has been spreading her message of Peace Through Pie.

We’ve written about this Austinite’s effort to incorporate pie (and pie potlucks and gatherings) into how we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week, and Stovall says it’s not too late to put together an event to bring together your friends, family and neighbors.

“With the 50-year anniversary of King’s speech, followed by Kennedy’s death, it seems like an even more appropriate time to focus on what he said, why it was relevant then and why it remains relevant now,” she says. “Especially with Mandela’s death, we need to think about what is the legacy and how do we build on the legacy?”

The Peace Through Pie concept is based on the fact that every culture has some kind of pie, and pie recipes are often intensely personal. Bringing them to a shared table allows us to share part of ourselves and receive what others share, Stovall says. “It helps us come to the table, sit face to face and listen to what someone else has to say,” she says.

So far, more than a dozen area schools are hosting events, some of which are open to the public, including an all-day event on Friday at Travis High School, where culinary students will serve a variety of sweet and savory pies. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted, and there will be a silent pie auction as well. Other participating groups include Leander Middle and High schools and a number of local churches, including Sweet Home Missionary Baptist and Faith4Life, whose social will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. (Bakers for that social are invited to bring two pies: One to share and another for the contest or raffle.)

You can see which events have already been organized and add your own at