Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
The Movement for a Culture of Peace begins with gratitude. Peace and gratitude go hand in hand and we wish to thank these and other supporters who made last weeks March for a Culture of Peace a success:
- A beautiful fall day in one of Wilmington’s loveliest parks
- Wilmington Police Department for traffic control and security
- First Unitarian Church for the stage, PA system, and hand-made signs
- Brother Larry for the generator
- Brother Terry and the Wilmington PeaceKeepers acting as parade marshals
- St. Francis Healthcare for the St. Clare Health Van and the free water
- Chelsea Ruiz of Bright Spot Ventures for unlocking the porta-potties.
- City Church for the tables and chairs.
- Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence for the t-shirt memorial and shirt table
- Our drummers, rappers, musicians, and poets
- Our clergy for their prayers
- Our young men and fraternities for their powerful example and reading of names
- Our main speakers: Lanita Brooks and Sharita Sewell, Attorney General Matt Denn, and Rev. Dr, Silvester Beaman
- Our neighbors who came out of their homes to wave to the marchers
- All of the elected officials who came out to support us and walk with us
- The Delaware Center for Justice for hand-made signs
- Everyone in the Movement who shared skills and talents in making this event possible. There are so many of you that we can’t list them all
- Everyone who came out to witness for peace, pray for peace, and walk together as a community for peace
There have been numerous events in Wilmington this month focused on reducing violence and bringing peace to our community. The Movement for a Culture of Peace appreciates, supports, and embraces them all. We envision a city and state that becomes known across the country for its transition from a culture of violence—including police violence—to a culture of peace.
This year’s March for a Culture of Peace had three main goals:
- Revitalization of the city-operated William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center
- Safer streets through a lasting commitment to community policing and security technology that works to protect citizens and prosecute violent behavior
- Trauma intervention and education in non-violence in our schools
We will continue to work toward these goals throughout 2015–2016. Our initiatives and events will be described in future posts. For now, please enjoy this gallery of photos by Tim Bayard. (Click to enlarge.) Many other photos and videos have already been posted at the MCP Facebook page.