For August 7, 2019
WHO: An estimated 4,000 Harlem Children’s Zone students, parents, staff, leadership, and community partners. Children from all HCZ programs, ranging in age from 3 to 23 years old, will participate in our annual march.
Anne Williams-Isom – Harlem Children’s Zone CEO
Geoffrey Canada – Harlem Children’s Zone President
DETAILS/WHY: In the 1990s, an elementary-school girl was shot by a stray bullet while in her Harlem apartment. Staff noticed that when she returned to school, the incident went unacknowledged, as if the neighborhood were accepting violence as the norm. To counter that, the staff and students organized the Children’s March for Peace, denouncing violence in all its forms. This year, citing the country’s recent mass shootings and heated political climate, HCZ leaders will encourage the children that the key to peace is within each of us; that they must take the initiative to become social-justice advocates and continually call for peace and positive change in their community, city, and country. The event is a culmination of the organization’s efforts to teach children conflict resolution, to live peacefully, and is a living example of the positive, creative things children can do with their energy if given the opportunity. This year’s theme is “A Call to Action” and students will be giving tribute to Harlem’s history and anti-violence movements of the past.
WHAT: Now in its 25th year, the Children’s Annual March for Peace will include the student-led march, rallies, performances, and video presentations.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th. Annual March begins at 1 p.m., rally begins at the Harlem Armory at 2 p.m.
WHERE: March begins at 117th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards and travels up to the Harlem Armory between 142nd and 143rd Streets.
In case of rain, event schedule will be modified, but not cancelled. Please call or text Marty Lipp at 917-774-8159 for update.