On September 21, 2015 a Peace March was held with Parkway NW students and others along Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.
Participants walked with peace banners as well as T-shirts with the names of Philadelphia victims of gun violence.
This featured collaborative event for Peace Day Philly 2015
was spearheaded by the Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice
, with support from a number of other organizations, and involved their entire student body.
Partnering Organizations: Peace Day Philly, Global Education Motivators, Granny Peace Brigade, Julie Rainbow & Associates, Heeding God’s Call,Sharon Katz and the Peace Train, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia.
Wayne Ellington was the featured speaker at Peace Day Philly's "March for Peace" from Mount Airy Park through Germantown. Ellington, who wears his father's initials on his basketball shoes when he plays, will wear a T-shirt with his father's name on the back; marchers are welcome to wear shirts with victims' names.
Ellington's father, Wayne Sr., was shot through the head while sitting in his car on the night of Nov. 9. He was 57. Across the country, Ellington was beginning his sixth NBA season, this one with the Lakers. Ellington learned of his father's death after the game. Carl White, 34, has been held for trial on murder and weapons charges; this has given Wayne Jr. little relief.
In the past 10 months, he has wallowed in grief.
Fifth Annual Sing-A-Long
Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society, along with families, musicians, the Granny Peace Brigade and other peace organizations, sang out songs of peace. This year’s event featured Raps by D’Bankz and Little Bomb
, the Earth Day Kids
and Dances of Universal Peace. Event also included the global initiative Chalk4Peace!
The event ended with a short candlelight walk around Rittenshouse Square.