DALLAS — In a time when nations are at war, and violence devastates communities caught in the cross-fire — half-a-world away, a group stands in solidarity in support of those suffering, to offer a message of hope: peace is possible.
“Not all countries internationally celebrate, but that’s kind of the point what we’re doing, which is to make it known, make it widespread and make people aware of international peace day,” student Amber Jackson said.
Sunday was the first ever World Peace Day celebration at SMU. It honored the U.N.’s declaration the Right of Peoples to Peace. September 21st is marked every year with a global cease-fire.
“The idea behind it is that this would be the one day out of the year where we experience peace,” another participant added. “Armies lay down their arms, and everybody gets to breathe the fresh air of peace.”
Promoting peace and the equality of all humans was at the center of the celebration; a message strengthened by speakers, musicians and those in attendance.
“It’s really a coming together of people to enjoy music, festivities in honor of peace,” Jackson said.