The 39th anniversary of Peace Day in Chicago will be Friday, Sept. 22, in cooperation with United Nations International Day of Peace, with speakers, live music, nearly 200 world flags, cultural performances and the interactive Call to Peace. This is part of the 21 Days of Peace initiative, taking place Sept. 7-27.
The event will be at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., at 12-1 p.m.
"It is up to all of us to take positive action for peace in our daily lives," said Jennifer Kim, chair of the Chicago Build the Peace Committee, which sponsors Peace Day in Chicago. "We can't wait for someone else to do it. Everyone has the ability and responsibility to build peace within themselves and in our families, schools, neighborhoods, this city, nation and world."
Commissioner Mona Noriega of Chicago Commission on Human Relations is one of the honorary co-chairs of the Chicago Build the Peace Committee. "Peace Day in Chicago is important to the Chicago Commission on Human Relations as we work everyday to build bridges across difference and see the great diversity in Chicago as cause for celebration not the basis for discrimination," Noriega said.
The world comes together in Chicago with the flags of all nations carried by members of Chicago Consular Corps, reps from cultural organizations, students and other volunteers. Everyone joins Call to Peace as each flag is presented on stage, saying together "Peace in [each country, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe]."
There will be performances by Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Tsukasa Taiko, and live music by Stitely Entertainment.
Speakers confirmed include:
Janice Glenn, acting director, Illinois Department of Human Rights
Ranjit Hakim, director of Human Rights and Ethics, Cook County
Mona Noriega, commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Juan Salgado, shancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
Details are at BuildThePeace.org .