Growing up in Berkeley CA, “Lois the Pie Queen” was always a hallmark institution for me. It holds great importance to me not only for its rich history & amazing food, but because the restaurant has been in my family since its inception in 1953. During the 1940’s my grandparents prepared and provided meals for the church pastored by my great grandfather Bishop E. E. Cleveland. They would provide meals to anyone in need in the community. Their efforts culminated in the establishment of “Lois the Pie Queen” restaurant.
Lois herself was a great songstress & was known as the songbird of the Eastbay. Sometime after the restaurant was established Lois financed a recording project which would contain the greatest gospel song of all time, “Oh Happy Day”. This same project also featured my Aunt Tramaine Hawkins Richardson as one of the breakout artists.
The restaurant went on to become a meeting place for locals & would serve as the networking hub for the entire Bay Area. When visiting the restaurant the faces of our community, Musicians, Sports Players, Politicians & members of the Black Panther Party fill the walls. Lois became Mom to many & her restaurant became a home away from home. People from all over would come to “Lois the Pie Queen”, to immerse themselves in its abundance of love, inviting spirit & Lois’s famous ‘FOOD THAT WARMS THE SOUL’.
The stories of who we are & where we have been are represented & upheld by places like our very own “Lois the Pie Queen”, & so we believe it’s our duty & honor to support our black business.
We are releasing this shirt in support of our black businesses & to keep this national treasure alive. We welcome everyone, but focus our solidarity & unity with the fellow members of our community. Next time you’re in Oakland stop by and order the “Reggie Jackson” special. Tell my family Babylon sent you.
- Garrett Stevenson on behalf of Babylon LA
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All profits from this tee will be donated to Lois the Pie Queen