Where to grab a slice of pie, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this weekend

Since 2009, Peace Through Pie socials have brought people together for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 16, 2016 - A pumpkin pie with crust "Dream" baked on top was made by Beth Savercool for the pie auction during the 8th Annual Sweet Home Peace Through Pie Social held at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2015. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A pumpkin pie with crust “Dream” baked on top was made by Beth Savercool for the pie auction during the Sweethome Peace Through Pie social in 2015. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

I’ve been to a number of them at local high schools, and they are, as founder Luanne Stovall initially envisioned, a place for people of all backgrounds, classes and cultures come together over sweet and savory pies and find the common ground between us.

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Stovall has grown the program significantly since it started, and now dozens of schools, churches and community groups host events throughout January. Some of them have already taken place this week, but this weekend, you’ll find some of the biggest gatherings.

This afternoon, Travis High School will host its sixth annual Peace Through Pie event, which is free and open to the public. You can stop by the school, 1211 E. Oltorf St., between 1 and 4 p.m. today to grab a slice of pie from the school’s culinary students.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, you can check out Austin’s original Peace Through Pie celebration at Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 W. 11th St., which will feature choral music, a reading of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and, of course, a pie-luck. You can bring a sweet or savory pie to share.

At noon on Sunday, St. James Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, will host its pie gathering with a live auction benefitting the St. James youth group.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, you can swing by Blackshear Elementary School, which is located on the MLK parade route at 1712 E. 11th St., to try a slice of Hoover Alexander’s Sweet Tater Pie, which has been named the 2017 Peace Pie of the Year.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22,Center for Creative Action, 2921 E. 17th St., is hosting a free pizza event with pies from East Side Pies that will also feature live music and art projects.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Lamar Middle School Fine Arts Academy, 6201 Wynona Avenue, is hosting a Peace Through Pie event that is open to the public.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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