A Galveston-born dream of honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sharing pie has returned to the island.

Dr. Jackie Cole will host Galveston’s first Peace Through Pie event Jan. 25.

Artist Luanne Stovall first conceived of linking pie with the MLK holiday while living in Galveston and teaching at Galveston College.

Thanksgiving and turkey are inseparable, Valentine’s Day has candy, and New Year’s Day has black-eyed peas, Stovall said.

But MLK Day was too new to have many traditions. So, Stovall decided to jump-start the tradition-making process and concluded that pie was the perfect symbol.

“In our increasingly complex world, there is a great need to come together in an intentional way to celebrate diversity as a strength and cultivate trust,” Stovall said. “What better way to see the world as a pie, and each of us as a piece, than to share our rich culinary traditions at the table?”

After holding her first public pie social in 2009, Stovall formed Peace Through Pie, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to promote peace year-round.

“Almost every culture has some form of pie, savory or sweet. Empanadas, samosas, pizza, quiche and potpies are all welcome at our pie socials,” Stovall said.

“Any pie can be a Peace Pie if served with the intention of cultivating the peace about which Dr. King spoke.”

The Galveston pie social will feature a pie contest, silent auction and opportunities for sharing recipes and stories. Cole, a veterinarian, is hosting the event at her Galveston veterinary clinic, Campeche Cove Animal Hospital. Attending the event is free, and there is a $10 entry fee for the pie contest.

From its beginnings with a single buttermilk pie shared with friends, Peace Through Pie now reaches thousands of people. More than 5,000 people in Central Texas will be participating this year at pie socials hosted by 13 faith-based organizations and 20 schools. Pie socials also are held in communities from Boston to Portland, Ore.

“Every pie social is unique. We provide a template, but it’s very flexible. The key idea is to inspire everyone to become peacemakers and to create a legacy for the next generation,” Stovall said.

Hosting a pie social isn’t the first outreach Cole has done for the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy. In 2012, she was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change for Greening Our Cities and Towns” for her efforts to replant the 40,000 Galveston trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

To date, the Tree Conservancy has planted nearly 12,400 trees and will plant an additional 5,000 in the current planting season.

The Tree Conservancy also hosts workshops on tree care and maintenance, sponsored the tree sculptures near City Hall, and has organized five successful tree giveaways that provided local residents with nearly 9,000 trees to plant in their yards.

The pie social and pie contest will raise funds for the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy.

At a glance

WHAT: Peace Through Pie

WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25

WHERE: Campeche Cove Animal Hospital, at 10015 Stewart Road, in Galveston

FEE: Event is free, pie contest is $10 per pie

ONLINE: peace

CALL: 409-740-0808

DETAILS: Event will raise funds for the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy

Peach-Blackberry Pie


  • Pie crust for a 9-inch double-crust pie
  • 5 cups peeled and sliced ripe peaches OR 1 pound frozen
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground crystallized ginger
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Roll out half of the pie crust dough to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Roll out the top crust and place it on a plate. Wrap both crusts and chill until ready to use.

Combine the peaches, blackberries, lemon juice and salt; set aside. Combine the ginger, flour and brown sugar; toss with the fruit mixture. Let rest for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the egg white and water in a small bowl. Remove the pie crusts from the refrigerator. Brush some of the egg-white mixture over the bottom and sides of the bottom pie crust to prevent sogginess. Add the fruit filling, mounding the peaches in the center.

Cover the filling with the top crust. Trim the overhang to 1 inch. With water, moisten the edges of the crusts where they meet, then press together lightly and turn under. Crimp the edges decoratively.

Cut 6 decorative steam slits in the top crust. Brush the top crust lightly all over with the remaining egg white mixture. Sprinkle lightly with the sugar.

Place the pie on the center rack of the oven and bake until it is golden and the juices are bubbling, about 60 to 70 minutes.

Let the pie cool on a rack before serving just slightly warm or at room temperature.

(SOURCE: Recipe from “The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook,” by Sheila Lukins, Julee Rosso and Sarah Leah Chase)

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie


  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, optional

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Beat the eggs in a large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in the flour, sugar and brown sugar. Beat in the butter. Stir in the morsels and nuts. Spoon the mixture into a pie shell.

Bake the pie for 55 to 60 minutes or until a knife inserted halfway between the edge and center comes out clean.

Cool the on a wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

(SOURCE: Recipe courtesy Nestle Foods)

(3) comments

Freaky Tiki

Say what? The last thing I think about when hearing the fabulous "I Have a Dream" speech is an empanada, samosa or cherry pie.

Lars Faltskog

Response to Freakytiki posted at 8:16 pm on Thu, Jan 16, 2014:

Kind of a stretch, of the pie crust dough and of the imagination, isn't it? I think it will "pan" out, though - pardon the pun. Many odd things still seem to manage to catch on.

I'm sure at first the thought of pink ribbons wasn't associated with cancer treatment. But, now it's a highly recognized symbol. Yet and still, I've always associated pie with Thanksgiving. To have mom make an array of pies and dressing is my 1st association with the concept.

Now, I'm thinking...Maybe MLK Day should be associated with pillow cases. All the various colors and designs on pillow cases (cross stitch, fabric type, color and so on)...all that could be associated with "I Have a Dream". Then, we put our pillow cases on our pillows to honor MLK and we "dream" of a world where people are judged by the "content of their character", not color - and so on. Just like we don't judge a pillow case by its color, it can be just as good of a pillow case in ANY color.

ole dad

I think the pie social is a good idea; good idea on the pillow case also. Bringing his memory into the home and making it more personable with the family. I still have trouble listening to "I have a dream" without tears coming to my eyes. Thank you MLK.

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