United For Peace

On Friday, June 2 Perspectives held its 4th annual peace march. Over 2,000 marchers joined together, with the goal of forming a voice to combat Chicago’s unsafe environment. At a time when Chicago’s violence continues to escalate, this march is highly important. Students continue to send a message for the need of a safer community.

The bright sun, the positive energy, the hope in the air - reminded all of us of how urgent and necessary our peace work is to our students and city. Our students walked proud, and adults were in awe of the experience.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, attended and shared his views on what kids face. “Kids with hope don’t pick up guns”, said Duncan as the march began.

Other notables in attendance were IL State Senator Mattie Hunter, U.S. Congressman Danny Davis, and preacher/activist Father Pfleger. Thank you to Alderman Pat Dowell allowing us to utilize space in her community, and Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. (who held a successful peace march on behalf of Perspectives in Auburn Greshman just a week earlier) for his attendance.

Perspectives is the public school that makes peace a priority. Our students are doing so many great things to create a more peaceful city…

  • Teach & strive to live our 26 principles of A Disciplined Life®
  • Host summer Peace & Leadership Camps
  • Hold an annual Perspectives Peace Summit – this year we interviewed Chicago Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson
  • Host our own radio show on WVON – Peace Hour: through a Disciplined Life
  • Perspective Peace Institute: we will one day bring our model to the South Side of Chicago

Together, let’s continue to stand firm – to restore peace in our communities for our children now and into the future.