Originally Posted: June 22, 2016
Peace Day Dallas 2016 will be bigger and better than ever, organizers announced at a kickoff event Wednesday at Dallas City Hall. The celebration will be from Sept. 16-21 and include events across the city.
Several partners have already stepped up, including Dallas City Hall, the Dallas Holocaust Museum, Jesuit College Preparatory School, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, Peace is Possible, the Zain Foundation and 29 Pieces.
Council member Adam McGough and wife Lacy will serve as chairs.
Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke at the kickoff before he signed a Respect Pledge.
“The spirit of the pledge is exactly what we need,” Rawlings said. “This will help with the terrible scourges in the United States and in our own backyard.”
He praised Karen Blessen of 29 Pieces for her involvement. Blessen introduced students who held round “Respect” posters that will be placed throughout the city as part of the celebration. Blessen also covered Dallas in “Love” posters during the city’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.
To learn more, visit peacedaydallas.com.