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Walking for Peace: A Response to Senseless Violence Born of Racism

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Walking for Peace: A Response to Senseless Violence Born of Racism

Responding to the senseless violence born from racism, bias and prejudice, members of the Emmanuel College community invite the Colleges of the Fenway and our community partners to join us for a walking prayer through the Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods.

The purpose of the walk is to educate participants about our own city’s history of racism and prejudice as we also celebrate the organizations who strive to break down cycles of poverty, hate and prejudice.  Inspired by the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, we are walking for peace in our communities, our homes and our hearts. 

At each stop, we will recognize the significance of that site in the history of racism and violence.  Each organization represented will share briefly their mission and some of the work they do to promote peace and justice in the community. During the walk between sites, participants will be invited to sing, meditate, listen, or converse as part of the walking prayer.  We will end the experience with a short communal interfaith closing prayer and refreshments. 

This event will kick off a yearlong initiative: “Education for Peace, Examining Race, Bias and Prejudice: Moving toward a more just world”.

What to bring: 

Participants will be invited to carry candles and don hooded sweatshirts as a powerful and unifying symbol connected to the Trayvon Martin case. 

 

Who to Contact: 

If interested in participating in the event or any other parts of this yearlong initiative, please contact Crista Carrick Mahoney, Campus Minister for Social Justice and Education at mahoneyc@emmanuel.edu or Damita Davis, Director of Multicultural Programs at davisda@emmanuel.edu by Friday, September 13th

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