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Al Roker explores 3 restaurants that fed the civil rights movement | Family Style


At the onset of the civil rights movement, several Black-owned restaurants became crucial meeting places for leaders and activists. In this episode of "Family Style," Al Roker explores three historic eateries and their lasting impact on the diverse communities they serve. In New Orleans, Dooky Chase's Restaurant became one of the first fine-dining restaurants to serve Black Americans, welcoming leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall. Then Al visits Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem, New York, and learns how to cook just like the original "Queen of Soul Food." In Oakland, California, the father-son duo behind the Bay Area's oldest Black-owned restaurant, Lois the Pie Queen, share how they keep this celebrity hotspot running.